The Chicago Tribune reports that the family of a 90-year-old Alzheimer’s patient has filed suit against a northwest suburban nursing home for poor care after they discovered that the home allowed 57 maggots to grow inside of the resident’s ear. Specifically, the lawsuit claims that the elderly patient suffered severe injuries, elder abuse, and neglect because the home failed to provide a reasonable standard of professional care as required under the Illinois Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Act. The nursing home, meanwhile, denies any wrongdoing and calls the incident a “freak occurrence.”
This horrifying ordeal began on September 16th when a nurse at the home spotted a maggot in the Alzheimer patient’s ear while she was caring for her. The patient was rushed to the hospital where the patient’s daughter stood by in the emergency room and watched as 57 maggots were extracted from her mother’s left ear. The attorney representing the family stated that that maggots extracted from this patient’s ear were roughly three days old. This is not the first time that this patient’s family became concerned with the standard of care given to their mother at this northwestern suburban facility. They previously filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Public Health whose investigation in October found no violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.
The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act establishes the rights of residents of nursing home and other elder care facilities. It also provides the responsibilities of these facilities to protect their residents from nursing home abuse and neglect. Under the Act, all residents have the right to; remain free from abuse and neglect, to manage their own financial affairs, to wear their own clothes and keep personal belongings in their rooms, to refuse treatment, to be free from restraints, and to have visitors. For the full list of rights afforded to nursing home residents and the responsibilities of the facilities that care for them, click here to view the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act in its entirety.
Our lawyers work to protect the rights of our elderly living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. We were among the first law firms in the country to take action on behalf of nursing home residents, and are known throughout the country as leaders in the area of nursing home litigation.
When a long-term care facility violates the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, our attorneys have been there time and again to seek compensation for the injured parties and their families. Our elderly loved ones should be treated with the utmost respect, dignity and care. They are entitled to live free from abuse and neglect while living at elder care facilities, however gross violations occur every day.