Health Care Facilities’ Treatment Of Bed Sores

As discussed throughout this site, health care facilities’ (including nursing homes) treatment of bed sores remains a critical and problematical issue.  Bed sores are particularly hazardous, due to both direct and indirect health complications that can occur from bed sores.  This is especially so if the bed sores are not treated quickly and promptly.

An October 16, 2014 Beloit Daily News article, titled “Rock Haven still not in compliance” discusses various compliance issues at the Rock Haven Nursing Home.  One area discussed is the nursing home’s treatment of bed sores.

An excerpt from the article:

The deficiency that remains unresolved is treatment and prevention of pressure sores.

In a previous plan of correction filed with the state, the Rock Haven officials proposed using pressure reducing devices for chairs, pressure relief mattresses, pressure relief boots, repositioning every two hours, barrier cream with each brief change in its plan to address the problem. All licensed and certified staff have been trained to follow this care plan.

Proskto said Rock Haven’s average for residents with sores is 10 percent, while the national average is at 11 percent.

“We did have provisions in place to prevent that issue. The state felt we should be doing more or something different,” Smith said.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Beloit Daily News article seen above.

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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 Law Group to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman 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 Law Group litigate cases. 

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

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Incident Of Untreated Bed Sores Leading To Death

The death of a woman in Baton Rouge highlights the dangers of alleged malnutrition and neglect, and the adverse impact of untreated bed sores.

The woman who died was an 82-year-old female (Bessie Looney) who was discovered dead inside a residence by Baton Rouge Police.  The situation is discussed in the September 30, 2014 wdsu.com article titled “Baton Rouge officers find 82-year-old woman dead inside home with bed sores to body.”

This article – as well as the October 4 FOX44.com article titled “EBR Coroner rules elderly woman’s death a homicide” – discuss the living conditions to which the Bessie Looney was allegedly exposed to.  As is often the case in the development of severe bed sores, many signs of neglect appear evident.

Two excerpts from the wdsu.com article:

“Detectives observed a large amount of flies throughout the house,” the BRPD said. “Feces and trash [also] covering the floors of the residence including Bessie’s room.”

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“Detectives also noticed that Bessie had several severe bed sores to her body, along with signs of being malnourished,” the BRPD said.

Another excerpt regarding the bed sores, and the impact they ultimately had on Bessie Looney’s health:

Bessie Looney’s death was ruled a homicide yesterday after the coroner determined she died of a blood infection from untreated bed sores.

Additional details regarding this alleged neglect and the associated bed sores can be seen in the two articles mentioned above.

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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 Law Group to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive settlement is not offered, 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 Law Group litigate cases. 

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

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