The executor of a deceased former resident’s estate has filed a wrongful death claim against a Chicago area nursing home on behalf of the woman’s surviving family members. According to a local news source, the family is seeking damages for the woman’s wrongful death, which was allegedly caused by the negligence of the employees and management of the nursing facility where she died. The lawsuit was filed on August 10 in Illinois state court and is seeking over $50,000 in damages, according to the news source.
The plaintiffs in the case of Rodriguez v. Aperion Care International are the surviving family members of a woman who died earlier this year while living at a nursing home facility operated by the defendants. According to the allegations discussed in the news article, the woman died after suffering from skin breakdown and pressure ulcers that she developed while bedridden at the defendant’s facility. These conditions, which allegedly led to her death, are commonly known as bedsores and are generally preventable if residents are cared for properly.
Nursing Homes Have a Duty to Care for Residents With Limited Mobility
Pressure ulcers, bed sores, and related conditions are common health problems in nursing facilities that should be anticipated and addressed by nursing home staff before they become life-threatening. A pressure ulcer is an area of skin or tissue that becomes broken down after a person has been sitting or lying in the same position for an extended period of time without shifting their weight or moving positions. Since nursing home residents are often elderly patients with limited mobility and limited activity, nursing home management and staff have a responsibility to prevent and treat these conditions by changing the positions of the patients at least every two hours, encouraging daily exercise, providing a healthy diet, and exercising adequate hygienic care when symptoms appear. If a resident dies or is injured because proper care is not given, their family or they may be entitled to damages as a result.
Representation for a Maryland Nursing Home Neglect Claim
If you have a family member who is suffering or has suffered from bedsores as a result of negligent nursing home staff, the skilled legal representation of a Maryland nursing home neglect attorney may be necessary to get your loved one the care they deserve, as well as compensation for the suffering and loss they have already experienced. The qualified Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers can help you hold a nursing home responsible for their negligence, using legal action if necessary, At Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers, we represent clients in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the entire D.C. area in all nursing home abuse and neglect cases, as well as wrongful death claims. Call us toll-free at 1-800-654-1949 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.
More Blog Posts:
Nursing Home Arbitration Clauses May Punish Patients and Families For Expecting Quality Care, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published August 5, 2016.
Federal Government Expands Regulations to Protect Nursing Home Patients from Other Types of Abuse, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published August 19, 2016.