Illinois Wrongful Death Suit Mentions Bed Sores

As explained elsewhere on this site, bed sores (also frequently referred to as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, and bedsores) are often caused by – or accompany – nursing home neglect.  Of course, this type of neglect can also happen in other types of Illinois health care facilities such as assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and other long-term care centers.

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed against an Illinois nursing home with regard to the care administered to a nursing home resident (Helen R. Cline) who later died.  Bed sores are mentioned in the lawsuit.

The suit was filed against Eldercare of Alton and Alton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, as well as Dr. Rajnikant K. Patel.

The suit is described in both the August 28, 2013 article titled “Nursing home sued over woman’s death” as well as the February 14, 2013 Madison Record article titled “Eldercare of Alton named in Madison County wrongful death suit.”

An excerpt from article:

The suit claims Cline suffered from septic shock, delirium, dehydration, extremely low blood pressure, bed sores, urinary tract infection and an excessive amount of a blood thinner, among other injuries and illnesses.

The suit claims the doctor failed to obtain and document an adequate and complete history about Cline when he assumed responsibility for her medical care.

The article also mentions an investigation by the Illinois Department of Public Health into the treatment of Helen Cline, which issued a report which said the facility failed to provide adequate care.  An excerpt:

“Based on record review and interview, the facility neglected to assess, monitor and implement interventions for a decline in condition for (Cline),” the report said.

Additional details can be seen in the two articles mentioned above.


Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Joseph Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Joseph Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

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