A woman filed a lawsuit in Cook County against two local nursing homes alleging nursing home neglect caused her mother’s death. The mother was a resident at both Manor Care in Naperville, IL, and Lee Manor, in Des Plaines, IL. The lawsuit states that the resident entered the facilities with a pressure ulcer; however, the negligent care of it caused it to worsen considerably and ultimately led to her death. The resident developed sepsis and peritonitis, as well as a urinary tract infection because she was not given the correct dose of the prescription medication she was supposed to take for her pressure ulcer.
Pressure Ulcers are Serious
Pressure ulcers, also called bedsores, may seem innocuous to those who do not understand them. In fact, pressure ulcers can become deadly to elderly people. Pressure ulcers form when the skin continually rubs against something, such as the bed sheets. A red mark forms in the spot that touches the sheets. If the sore is not cared for it can worsen. When a pressure ulcer worsens the skin can break and the area will become infected easily. That is what happened in this case. The infected wound is very fragile and requires constant care as well as medication. Older individuals often have a lowered immune system, making it harder for their bodies to fight off infections. Pressure sores that are infected can lead to death, as they allegedly did in this instance.
Prevention of Pressure Ulcers
Once pressure sores develop they can require a great deal of care. When pressure ulcers develop in a nursing home or other facility they are almost always a sign of neglect. Pressure ulcers can be prevented through diligent and proper care of a bedridden person. The patient must be turned and moved regularly so that an area of the body does not always touch the sheets in the same place. Many older patients cannot move or turn on their own so they require assistance from nursing home staff. Once a pressure sore begins it must be quickly diagnosed and treated to keep it from worsening. The staff must be aware of how to notice bed sores and trained on the importance of properly moving the patient.
Nursing Home Neglect
The presence of pressure sores could be an indication that your loved one is not receiving the care that is necessary. In this case, the woman entered the nursing home with a pressure sore. Therefore, the facility was aware of her medical condition and should have been on alert to ensure that the proper treatment regime was followed. Instead, the staff did not give her the correct dosage of antibiotic medication and the ulcer worsened. The infection took over her body, spreading to her blood, causing sepsis. It also caused peritonitis and a urinary tract infection. These infections were too much for the woman and she died. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000 to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, and legal fees, among other things. If your loved one was neglected in a nursing home you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to review your case and discuss your options.