As often discussed on this site, pressure sores (also commonly referred to pressure ulcers, pressure injuries, bed sores and bedsores) are often a sign of neglect regarding the quality of health care received by residents in nursing homes as well as other facilities such as assisted living facilities. There are many steps that can be taken to prevent pressure sores.
If pressure sores develop, they can worsen if prompt and proper medical attention is not provided. There are a variety of adverse health conditions that can develop if pressure sores worsen. These adverse health conditions can both contribute to as well as accompany other declines in health. It is not uncommon for such declines in health, if not reversed, to lead to the death of the resident. Many such deaths in Illinois have led to the filing of wrongful death lawsuits.
A recent lawsuit regarding the alleged development of bed sores by a resident in the Envoy of Williamsburg nursing home is discussed in the October 2, 2017 wydaily.com article titled “Man who developed bedsores seeks $7M in lawsuit against nursing home.” Notable excerpts include:
The defendant’s suit has three claims: Envoy staff were negligent by not preventing pressure sores, the staff was negligent because they did not prevent harm from happening to an incapacitated adult, and Envoy broke their contract with Brandveen because they did not provide care to maintain his health, safety and well-being.
“… a Nursing Home patient should never, ever [develop] such an ulcer,” a complaint filed by Brandveen’s attorney states. “The Plaintiff’s Stage IV decubitus ulcers developed as a result of reckless, willful and wanton mistreatment by Envoy Staff.”
As seen in the article, the lawsuit claims include that one of the pressure ulcers created a permanent injury and another became infected.
Additional details can be seen in the 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 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.
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