As often discussed on this site, pressure sores (also commonly referred to pressure ulcers, bed sores and bedsores) are often a sign of neglect in the care of a nursing home resident. There are many steps that can be taken to prevent pressure sores, as well as prevent their worsening should they develop.
If prompt and proper medical attention is not provided to those that have developed pressure sores, the affliction can lead to a variety of adverse health consequences, and in some cases death.
Also of note is that the same neglect in care that led to the development of the pressure sores also can also lead to other adverse medical conditions, i.e. the pressure sores may be one of many medical conditions that exist at once. In some cases, these other medical conditions, such as dehydration, can cause and/or worsen the severity of the pressure sores.
A recent article discusses a wrongful death lawsuit that includes the alleged development of pressure sores as well as other maladies.
An excerpt from the November 7, 2016 Augusta Chronicle article titled “March 20 date set in nursing home wrongful death suit“:
Nearly five years will have passed since Norma Manning’s husband died with gangrenous pressure sores, but this time the owner of the nursing home she has sued for wrongful death won’t get another postponement of trial.
Manning sued Salem Nursing and Rehab, also known as Amara Heath Care and Rehab, in 2013 in Richmond County Superior Court. Her 60-year-old husband, Patrick Manning, died in 2012, 16 months after he went to Salem for rehabilitation following a stroke. Mrs. Manning contends the treatment he received at Salem is responsible for the bed sores, dehydration, malnutrition and infection her husband suffered.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Augusta Chronicle article 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 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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