Lawsuit Claims Neglect Concerning Pressure Sore Development

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.

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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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Claims Development Of Gangrenous Pressure Sores

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.

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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.

Pressure Sores, Their Stages, And Their Significance

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has classified the severity of pressure sores based upon the degree of soft tissue damage.  As seen on the NPUAP page that describes the various pressure ulcer stages, the least severe pressure sores are considered to be Stage 1 whereas the most severe is Stage 4.

As discussed often on this site, the existence of pressure sores (also commonly referred to as bedsores, bed sores, and pressure ulcers) are problematical for many reasons.  They are cause for immense concern.  As seen in various discussions, statistics, and wrongful death lawsuits, pressure sores that are not immediately and properly treated often cause a deterioration of health that, if allowed to persist, can lead to a variety of severe health conditions, some of which can be fatal in nature.

A recent article, that of March 27, 2016 titled “Wagner Heights Nursing Center Sued” discusses a lawsuit filed regarding the level of care received in a California care facility.  In the article, an “infected Stage IV pressure ulcer” is mentioned, as is the allegations concerning the level of care that the resident, identified as Robert Lampkins, received.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including that 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 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 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ 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.

Lawsuit Highlights Common Bedsores Neglect Issues

A recent lawsuit regarding the alleged development and worsening of bedsores in a long-term acute care hospital is discussed in the November 25, 2015 AL.com article titled “Jury Awards $300,000 to family of 86-year-old woman who developed severe bedsores in Montgomery Hospital.”

The article discusses the lawsuit and allegations regarding health care neglect.  It also mentions various aspects of the bedsore development that are common.  For instance, it mentions that the female patient allegedly was not “turned” and “repositioned,” which is a common safety procedure used to prevent bedsore development.

As well, details are provided in the article about the extent of the bedsores, mentioning that the patient developed an “‘open’ area to the coccyx” (the “coccyx” is typically referred to as the tailbone.)   An excerpt from the article:

The victim’s family claims the staff at Nolan Hospital failed to address the change in Hopkins’ condition, and by Jan. 12, 2012 Hopkins had an open Stage 4 pressure sore on her coccyx and a pressure sore on her left heel.

The pressure sore on her coccyx continued to deteriorate while she was at Noland, according to the lawsuit.

According to the article, the $300,000 jury award followed a five-day jury trial.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the AL.com article mentioned above, as well as the November 25 geos news article.

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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 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 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ 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.

Two Chicago Area Lawsuits Concerning Bedsores

Bedsores (also called bed sores, pressure sores,pressure ulcers, and decubitus ulcers) are a primary concern with regard to health care, for two primary reasons.

First, bedsores are a major health concern both for the direct health impact and indirect (through complications) hazard they can potentially cause to health.  Bedsores are discussed in numerous areas within this site.

Second, the development of bedsores is often a sign of nursing home neglect, especially if the bedsores worsen in severity, which is likely if they are not promptly and properly treated.

Recently, two Circuit Court of Cook County lawsuits have been filed regarding the development of bedsores.  The lawsuits allege nursing home neglect with regard to how the nursing home patients and their bedsores were handled.

The first lawsuit is seen in the Cook County Record article of August 13, 2015, titled “Falls, fractures and bedsores said to hasten nursing home resident’s demise.”  In this article various alleged shortfalls in the care of a nursing home resident in a Bloomingdale facility are discussed, as is the lawsuit.

The second lawsuit is discussed in the Cook County Record article of August 14, 2015, titled “Family alleges negligence in man’s pre-death pressure sores.”  In this article, the alleged development and worsening of sacral pressure ulcers are discussed, as is the lawsuit filed after the death of the resident, Ozzie Longino, in a Chicago Ridge nursing home.

Additional details and discussions of bedsores 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 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 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ 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.

Lawsuit Alleging Pressure Sores That Became Infected

As discussed in various places within this site, bed sores (also called bed sores, pressure sores, and pressure ulcers) can develop due to a number of factors.  Bedsores commonly develop in persons who are not moving about or are otherwise confined to beds or wheelchairs.  These people are often unable to move various body parts without getting assistance.

Bedsores are often caused by poor operating procedures, neglect, or carelessness in the care of patients, and bedsores often occur in nursing homes, retirement homes, and other health care facilities, such as hospitals.

The June 17, 2015 Glendale News-Press article titled “Elder-abuse lawsuit filed against USC Verdugo Hills Hospital” discusses a lawsuit filed over the care received by a hospital patient (Beverly Harmon)  who allegedly developed pressure sores.

Two excerpts from the article:

An elder-abuse lawsuit was filed against the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital after an 80-year-old patient suffered “avoidable” pressure sores, which later became infected, after hospital staff placed a boot on her foot too tightly, court records show.

also:

The hospital staff subsequently put her foot in an “extraordinarily tight” boot and then neglected to check the boot, according to Garcia. The boot created a hard rubbing surface on her “already brittle skin,” which caused the pressure sores, he added.

As is often the case with pressure sores, especially those that go without proper treatment, the pressure sores became infected, and the article mentions the need for multiple surgeries to rectify the medical situation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Glendale News-Press article 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 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 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ 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.

Bedsores Cited In Alleged Neglect Lawsuit

As explained elsewhere on this site, bedsores (also called pressure sores) are often caused by – or accompany – neglect or mistreatment in the care of nursing home residents.  This type of neglect can also happen in other types of Illinois health care facilities such as assisted living facilities, hospices, rehabilitation centers, and other long-term care centers.

There has been a recent lawsuit filed against a Louisiana nursing home, in which a resident alleges neglect that led to the development of severe bedsores.  Two factors that often lead to bedsore formation are cited – malnourishment and dehydration.

The lawsuit is featured in the December 2, 2014 Louisiana Record article titled “Nursing home sued over alleged conditions that led to resident’s pressure sores, hospitalization,” which discusses various aspects of this nursing home bedsore lawsuit.

An excerpt:

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for injunctive relief, loss of consortium, physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, medical expenses and court costs.

Additional details concerning this bedsore lawsuit can be seen in the Louisiana Record article 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 court trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an appropriate settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this courtroom trial capabilities, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

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.

How Common Are Bed Sore Lawsuits?

As discussed throughout this site, bed sores can form for a variety of reasons, and untreated bedsores can have a variety of adverse health consequences.  Sepsis is one adverse health complication that can be caused by untreated bed sores, which are also commonly referred to as pressure ulcers, pressure sores, and bedsores.

A primary factor in bed sore formation is having a person – especially those with certain characteristics – remain in one position for too long of a time period.  This immobility can occur for many reasons, including the use of restraints.

Pressure sore lawsuits against long-term health care facilities (such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospices, and hospitals, etc.) are seen, especially in cases where facilities are negligent or otherwise faulty in their identification and treatment of bedsores.  On this site, bedsore lawsuits are featured in the “bed sore lawsuits” and “Illinois bed sore lawsuits” categories.

Of note, bed sores are the 2nd most common form of lawsuits against SNFs (Skilled Nursing Facilities) according to at least one study.

While not all bed sores can lead to a successful lawsuit, should someone you care for develop bed sores, the Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers at the Elman Law Group can provide you with a free case evaluation to see if the formation of, and any other harm caused by such bed sores is grounds for a lawsuit against the Illinois health care facility.

To receive a free case evaluation from a highly experienced Illinois personal injury trial lawyer, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.

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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 court trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an appropriate settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this courtroom trial capabilities, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

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.

Bedsores Named In Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit

The development of bedsores (also commonly referred to as bed sores, pressure sores, and pressure ulcers) was named in a lawsuit.  This lawsuit was previously filed against a Florida nursing home.  That same nursing home has subsequently been named in additional lawsuits, which are discussed in the September 12, 2014 wftv.com article titled “Troubled Ormond Beach nursing home now facing negligence lawsuits.”  This article discusses various nursing home neglect lawsuits filed against the Florida nursing home, Avante at Ormond Beach.  These lawsuits and alleged underlying negligence provide another example of the types of lawsuits that are filed over alleged nursing home neglect.

According to the article, four negligence lawsuits have been filed against the nursing home over the last year.

Another article, from the The Daytona Beach News-Journal, dated July 17, 2013 and titled “2 file complaints against Ormond nursing home already on fed’s watchlist” discusses lawsuits and associated neglect allegations concerning the nursing home, and specifically notes the development of bedsores in one nursing home patient.

An excerpt from this article:

One of the patients, Constance A. Hall of Volusia County, was admitted to Avante in 2010 and still lives there. She suffered malnutrition, bedsores, pneumonia, multiple urinary tract infections, sepsis and MRSA, according to her lawsuit. She also fractured her right hip in a fall.

The article also discusses the injuries and other harm suffered by Constance Hall and another nursing home resident:

The lawsuits charges the two patients “suffered bodily injury and resulting pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, expense of hospitalization, medical and nursing care and treatment, and aggravation of previously existing condition.”

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including 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 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.  

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