It is often very difficult for a family to make the decision to place their elder loved one in a nursing home. However, that challenge is often made unbearable when it is discovered that the nursing home has been failing to provide reasonable care.
Herald Net News shared the story of horrific treatment by one nursing home, sparking a lawsuit that was recently settled out of court. Everett nursing home was sued by the family of a 97-year old resident who died because of the woefully inadequate care provided by the facility. The victim developed penile cancer while at the Everett. As a result of the medical problem, the man’s genitals began disintegrating. However, the care at the facility was so poor that the staff members didn’t notify anyone of the problem-not family members, not doctors.
A staff member had discovered a wound on the man’s penis, but her manager forgot about it. It wasn’t until four months later that the victim was rushed to the emergency room for a different reason that ER doctors discovered that the man’s genitals had disintegrated.
A nursing home lawsuit was filed which was recently settled by the facility for $3.5 million.
Understaffing is the likely culprit say those involved in the case. The operators of the facility cut back on nursing assistants, who are usually responsible for changing diapers and cleaning residents.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti have helped many families in similar circumstances win settlements and awards following deaths at nursing homes. It is important for all those who have suffered a loss that could have been prevented to contact nursing home lawyers to learn about the rights that they may have. We may never be able to put an end to all negligent nursing home conduct. However, with each new family that comes forward and fights for their right to proper treatment, more facilities are forced to improve the care that they deliver on a daily basis. In that way, each new legal victory is another step closer toward ensuring that current nursing home residents do not fall victim to abuse and neglect.
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