Family Pursues Bed Sore Lawsuit Against Nursing Home

Nursing home negligence lawsuit was pending in Cook County, IL.  The lawsuit was initiated by the family of a 77 year old resident who resided at Evergreen Health Care Center for rehabilitation. She was admitted after she experienced a stroke that left her dependent upon the facility for her care.

During regular visits, the family was despaired to find soiled linens numerous times. This condition was unacceptable and eventually led to the death of this elderly patient. Unfortunately, the unsanitary conditions contributed to the breakdown of her skin and the eventual development of bed sores on her body.

According to reports, in Evergreen Park Patch, the troubling conditions that the family saw from their observations were also emblematic of internal problems at the facility, which resulted in multiple code violations and sanctions from officials with the State of Illinois Department of Health.

Bed sores, or pressure sores, are sores caused by prolonged pressure on an area of the body. These sores commonly develop among the sick, elderly, disabled, and others who have difficultly moving themselves. The pressure from prolonged amount of time sitting or lying in the same position begins to cut off the supply of blood to an area of the body. The sores start as red irritations (stage 1), but can develop into blisters or ulcers (stage 2) and will eventually form a crater (stage 3) which indicates damage to the tissue below the skin.

Preventative Measures Nursing Homes Should Take

  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Try to assure adequate nutrition and hydration
  • Evaluate and manage urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Position to alleviate pressure over boney prominences and shearing forces over the heels and elbows, base of head and ears
  • Try to reposition every two hours when in bed and every hours when in a chair
  • Use appropriate positioning devices and foam padding; do not use donut-shaped devices.
  • Try and avoid placing the patient on his or her trochanters or directly on the wound.
  • Maintain the lowest head elevation possible.
  • Use lifting devices such as draw sheets or a trapeze.
  • Try to prevent contractures.
  • Do not massage reddened areas over bony prominences.

Families Can Sue Michigan Nursing Home For Neglect

Patients who suffer bed sores or pressure ulcers at a nursing home or in other medical care facilities do have legal rights. These injuries and conditions are completely preventable with proper nursing practices and medical supervision. Victims, or their family members, should contact our office immediately to discuss their case! Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan nursing home neglect lawyers about your case. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, meaning you do not pay any legal fees until we win or settle your case.

Our Michigan Nursing Home Neglect Attorney Can Help You!

If your family member suffered from a pressure ulcer or bed sore due to the Michigan nursing homes failure to manage the situation, contact the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. office now at (800) 606-1717. Our experienced expert nursing home lawyers specialize in these types of cases and have a successful track record of obtaining sizeable settlements against Michigan nursing homes for their failure to properly manage and prevent pressure ulcers and bed sores to residents. Call today for your free consultation and to learn your legal rights! We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to prove and win your case.

 

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