As often discussed on this site, the development of bedsores (also commonly referred to as bed sores, pressure ulcers, pressure sores and pressure injuries) is often seen as a result of nursing home neglect. In many (if not most) cases bedsores should not develop – i.e. they are preventable if various basic precautions are taken. If pressure sores do develop, it is likely that they will worsen in severity if they are not promptly treated.
Often, lawsuits (including wrongful death lawsuits in the case of fatalities) against nursing homes and other long-term care providers allege negligence on the part of the health care provider if bedsores develop and/or worsen. This is especially so if further health deterioration occurs, which is likely if the bedsores are not promptly and correctly treated.
The alleged development of severe bedsores that led to the death of two New York nursing home residents is discussed in the July 17, 2017 syracuse.com article titled “‘Close it down,’ say families of 2 James Square patients who died from severe bed sores.” Of note, wrongful death lawsuits have been filed regarding the deaths.
Two excerpts from the article:
Tammy LaForce says she called James Square nursing home every two hours to remind the staff to turn her father so his bed sores wouldn’t worsen.
Her father, Curt LaForce, had developed severe bed sores on his buttocks, heels and scrotum. Doctors at a local hospital discovered the gaping wounds when Curt LaForce, 73, was hospitalized for a urinary tract infection in 2015, his daughter said.
The other patient was Carolyn Robb, 72, who went into James Square for short-term rehabilitation after she’d fallen and broken her hip, her family said. She went to James Square in February 2015, developed severe bed sores within 10 weeks, and died in May 2015, her family said.
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.
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