May 9, 2013

Levin & Perconti Representing Family of Nursing Home Neglect Victim

by Levin & Perconti

An elderly woman passed away shortly after she was a patient at Applewood Nursing Home in Matteson, Illinois and her family has recently filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against the facility. Levin & Perconti is representing the family in their lawsuit against the nursing home, and the lawsuit claims that the nursing home staff was negligence in their care towards the woman, leading her to develop bed sores so severe that she was unable to recover from these personal injuries.

The family of the victim believed that the nursing home was taking proper care of their mother, since the nursing home knew that the woman was at risk for developing pressure sores which require a certain level of care to avoid. The woman had previously suffered a stroke and since stroke victims often lose at least part of their mobility, they are at a higher risk of developing bed sores. However, the nursing home did not properly monitor and reposition the woman in order to keep the bed sores from developing. In addition to the severe and life threatening bed sores, the hospital staff also allowed the patient to become severely dehydrated while she was a patient at the nursing home. Proper monitoring and taking appropriate and necessary care of the woman would have kept the bed sores from becoming so severe, would have kept her from becoming so dehydrated and likely would have kept her from passing away when she did. Many nursing homes are extremely understaffed, leading patients to not get the necessary level of care that they need to remain healthy.

The families of patients in nursing homes should be able to trust that the nursing home staff will take complete and total care of their loved ones, and that if a situation develops beyond the nursing home staff’s control, that the nursing home will contact the patient’s doctor or get the patient to a hospital immediately. The purpose of having a patient in a nursing home is so they will have complete care available to them at all times and to ensure the patient’s safety. Understaffing and busy staff members are not an excuse for the nursing homes to be negligent in their treatment of their patients. If a nursing home does not have the appropriate staff and time to care for the number of patients they have at the nursing home and are unable to afford to hire more, then they should not take in as many patients.

If your loved one was in a nursing home and you feel that they did not receive the necessary care and suffered personal injuries or even died as a result of negligence on the part of the nursing home, please contact our Chicago attorneys today to discuss what legal remedies may be available to your family today.