When nursing home patients are neglected by nursing home workers in Chicago, they are vulnerable to suffering serious or fatal health complications.
Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed against an Illinois nursing home accusing the facility of neglecting a patient on numerous occasions. The alleged neglect had caused the nursing home resident to suffer serious health complications that only worsened because the patient’s medical problems continued to go ignored, undiagnosed and untreated.
The resident eventually died from her health complications because the nursing home failed more than once to provide the resident with the care she had needed.
The wrongful death lawsuit, which was filed on May 6, lists numerous incidents of nursing home neglect and inadequate care at the facility that contributed to the patient’s injuries and death. The number of times the patient was mistreated by the facility is truly appalling.
According to the lawsuit, the resident developed a fractured tibia and bed sores due to inadequate care. After suffering from these injuries, the patient complained of pain. However, staff failed to identify the source of the woman’s pain, causing her injuries to worsen.
As the resident’s health declined, nursing home workers allegedly failed to notify the patient’s physician of the serious and alarming changes in the patient’s health. The injuries caused the patient to become disabled, and she was forced to endure severe pain. The nursing home resident’s condition continued to worsen and resulted in her death, the lawsuit claims.
If you suspect that your loved one’s declining health is the result of nursing home neglect or abuse, do not hesitate to raise concerns about the care your loved one is receiving. Nursing home neglect and abuse is a serious matter, and when this type of mistreatment goes unquestioned or unpunished, nursing home residents may suffer life-threatening or fatal consequences.
Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, “Belleville nursing home accused of negligence in wrongful death claim,” Kelly Holleran, May 20, 2013