Bedsores And The Possibility Of Serious Infections

While bedsores (also typically referred to as pressure ulcers, pressure sores, and pressure injuries) can develop in many different situations, they are most likely to develop under certain conditions.  As well, individuals with certain characteristics and health conditions are particularly susceptible.

As often discussed on this site, bedsores are often a sign of health care neglect.  If prompt and proper medical attention is not provided to those that have developed pressure injuries, the affliction can lead to a variety of adverse health consequences, and in some cases death.

One of the most serious adverse developments that can happen to those with pressure sores is infections.  Sepsis (which is further discussed on the “Sepsis” page) can develop and be life-threatening in nature.

Cleanliness is an important aspect of proper health care, and of great importance in the prevention of pressure sore complications.  As seen in many examples of elder abuse and severe pressure sore infections, unsanitary and otherwise unhygienic conditions often contribute to and/or accompany severe pressure sore infections.

One example of unsanitary conditions and severely infected bedsores that developed on an elderly woman can be seen in the December 4, 2014 The Advocate article titled “Daughter, granddaughter indicted in 82-year-old Baton Rouge woman’s death.”  An excerpt:

Bessie Looney was severely malnourished and had severely infected bedsores on her hips and buttocks area, the affidavit states, and her wheelchair was lined with a disposable pad that was soiled with human waste.

Clark has said Bessie Looney’s bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, “had the appearance of obvious infection.”

Additional details can be seen in The Advocate article mentioned above as well as the March 8, 2017 U.S. News & World Report article titled “Daughter Faces Trial in Death of Bedsore-Ridden Mother, 82.”

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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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman 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 Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller 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.

Settlement Of Wrongful Death Lawsuit Claiming Pressure Sore Development

In the November 8, 2016 post (“Wrongful Death Lawsuit Claims Development Of Gangrenous Pressure Sores“) a wrongful death lawsuit concerning allegedly deficient nursing home care provided to a resident was summarized.  Among the claims made in the lawsuit was that gangrenous pressure sores developed during the course of the decedent’s (Patrick Manning) stay in the nursing home.

The March 13, 2017 The Augusta Chronicle article titled “Augusta nursing home settles wrongful death lawsuit” provides an update with regard to the lawsuit and its resolution.  As seen in the article, the lawsuit was settled on the evening before the trial was set to start.

The article provides additional details with regard to the alleged deterioration in Manning’s health and alleged negligent care.  An excerpt:

Patrick Manning suffered a stroke in 2011. He remained communicative and ambulatory but needed rehab services. He was sent to Amara. Five months later, he could no longer walk to the bathroom.

In 16 months, Manning was dead. He had gangrenous pressure sores, dehydration, malnutrition and severe contracture, a condition in which a person’s limbs remained clutched close to the body.

Norma Manning blamed what she believed was poor care at Amara for her husband’s demise.

Additional details regarding this wrongful death lawsuit and the allegations of negligent nursing home care made within can be seen in the sources 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 nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman 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 Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller 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.