Bed Sores Evident In Cases Of Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Bed sores (also commonly called bedsores, pressure ulcers, and pressure sores) are often seen in instances of nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect.  These bed sores have been seen in cases of Chicago nursing home abuse and neglect, in other Illinois nursing homes, and throughout the nation.

Recently, there was a $3.3 million jury verdict resulting from a Colorado lawsuit claiming nursing home neglect, in which bed sores are cited.

The Colorado nursing home resident who suffered the alleged negligence was James Sharon, 82.  Last week, a jury verdict awarded $3.3 million, comprised of $300,000 because of negligence and $3,000,000 for punitive damages.

A couple of excerpts from the May 28, 2014 article titled “Pueblo Nursing Home Found Guilty Of Negligence, Pays $3.3 Million” :

Belmont Lodge Health Care Center in Pueblo will have to pay millions of dollars to a Southern Colorado man and his family after a jury found the nursing home was negligent in his care.

James Sharon, 82, has lived at the nursing home since 2011. His sister, Alice Franz, says he suffers from mild mental retardation and dementia. Franz says since he was admitted to Belmont Lodge Health Care Center, he developed more health problems.


According to the original complaint filed in 2013, it says her brother suffered from bed sores, dehydration, malnutrition, UTIs, skin tears and abrasions, hyperkalemia (high potassium), multiple infections including E. coli and significant weight loss. After nothing was done to help her brother, Franz was fed up and decided to bring these issues to court.

The AARP Blog also discusses this case in its June 11, 2014 post titled “Colorado Nursing Home Hit With $3.3 Million Verdict.”

Additional details regarding this nursing home negligence lawsuit and the alleged underlying conditions can be found in a variety of media sources including the article and AARP blog post 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 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Joseph Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Joseph Law Group litigate cases. 

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.

Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.