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Violations of Nursing Home Care Act alleged in bedsores case

An 84-year-old resident of a nursing home in Glen Carbon, Illinois passed away in 2012. While the passing of a patient is not at all unusual at nursing homes, in this instance, the alleged failure to properly treat the deceased may have contributed to an untimely death. In cases like this, wrongful death attorneys may play a beneficial role in investigating possible nursing home neglect.

The estate of the deceased has now filed a lawsuit against the facility, alleging that staff failed to find bedsores on the former patient. The suit also claims that the staff failed to prevent new sores as well as infection. The defendants, who include both the facility as well as 14 members of its staff, are accused of violating several components of the Nursing Home Act, which allegedly was the cause of deceased to contract the respiratory problems and a subsequent infection that led to her death.

According to the Mayo Clinic, bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, injure both the skin as well as the tissue beneath it. These types of injuries are caused by continuous pressure to the skin. Individuals susceptible to bedsores include those who are confined to a bed for long periods of time. Nursing home residents, of course, frequently exhibit low mobility and must rest in bed or in wheelchairs for many hours at a time, placing them at risk for bedsores.

Fortunately, bedsores are not inevitable and there are strategies that nursing home staff and other medical professionals can use to prevent them. Nursing home staff is tasked with providing adequate treatment and care to their residents; facilities must also follow all state laws on the subject. If nursing homes or their staff fail to offer adequate treatment, or fail to follow all laws and state requirements for care, families of those who have passed too soon can benefit from an attorney's assistance.

Source: The Telegraph, "Nursing home sued over resident's death," Sanford J. Schmidt, Aug. 22, 2013

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