Pressure Ulcers Cited In Illinois Lawsuits

As frequently discussed on this site, pressure ulcers (also frequently referred to as pressure sores, pressure injuries, bedsores, and bed sores) can – especially if not treated promptly and properly – lead to a variety of adverse health consequences that can directly or indirectly lead to the death of those who have them.  One of the health complications that can arise is that of sepsis, which is further discussed on the sepsis page.

Many Illinois lawsuits have been filed over the development of pressure ulcers in nursing home patients, as well as those that have developed in residents of other long-term health care facilities, such as assisted living facilities.  Many of these lawsuits claim negligence in care, either for allowing such pressure sores to develop and/or in not taking appropriate action once pressure sores have developed.  Various lawsuits are wrongful death lawsuits, claiming that the development and worsening of pressure ulcers have led to the death of the patient.

One such lawsuit is seen in the Madison Record article of January 2, 2017, titled “Woman alleges decedent developed pressure ulcers in nursing home.”  An excerpt, referring to the decedent Betty Elaine Hamilton:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that during the time that Hamilton was a resident at the defendant’s facility, she suffered from pressure ulcers and infections.

McGovern alleges the defendant failed to provide necessary care and services and failed to develop and implement a comprehensive care plan.

The article also references alleged violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Lawsuit Regarding Negligence In Treatment Of Pressure Ulcer

The Cook County Record article of June 23, 2016, titled “Nursing home accused of negligence,” discusses a lawsuit that has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County against River Oaks Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center LLC, doing business as Bria of River Oaks, which is a nursing care facility.  According to the article, the lawsuit claims negligence and other insufficient measures taken in the care of Joanne Gillogg.

An excerpt from the article:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Gillogg experienced severe pain from a pressure ulcer that ultimately contributed to or caused her death. The plaintiff holds the defendant responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide proper medical care and adequate supervision at all times to Gillogg while she was being taken care of in its facility.

As frequently discussed on this site, pressure ulcers (also frequently referred to as pressure sores, bedsores, and bed sores) can – especially if not treated promptly and properly – lead to a variety of adverse health consequences that can directly or indirectly lead to the death of those who have them.  One of the complications that can arise is that of sepsis, which is further discussed on the sepsis page.

While it is not disclosed in the Cook County Record article as to the exact chain of events that happened to the decedent, in general pressure sores are painful and if not treated the worsening pressure sores can become very visually apparent, as seen in pictures of pressure sores.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Cook County Lawsuit Involving Bedsore Development

The development of bedsores (also commonly referred to as bed sores, pressure sores,pressure ulcers, and decubitus ulcers) are of great concern, for two primary reasons.

First, bedsores are a major health concern both for the direct health impact and indirect (through complications) hazard they can potentially cause to one’s health.  There are a range of adverse medical conditions that can occur due to bedsore formation.

There are many steps that can be taken to prevent bedsores.  Should bedsores develop, it is critical that they are immediately and properly treated.

Second, the development of bedsores is often a sign of neglectful health care.  This is especially so if the bedsores worsen in severity, which is likely to happen if they are not promptly and properly treated.  Unfortunately, as seen in many examples, bedsores often worsen in severity, causing many adverse medical conditions, and in some cases lead to death.

A recent lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County regarding the alleged development of pressure sores, which, according to the lawsuit, became infected and led to the death of James Mason.

The lawsuit is described in the November 16, 2015 Cook County Record article titled “Daughter accuses Lexington Center of negligence in father’s death.”  An excerpt:

The lawsuit states the defendant’s staff failed to turn Mason periodically to avoid pressure sores and did not keep his doctor appraised of his condition.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this lawsuit can be found in the Cook County Record article mentioned above.

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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 Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Two Cook County Circuit Court Lawsuits Concerning Bedsores

Bedsores (also called bed sores, pressure sores,pressure ulcers, and decubitus ulcers) are a primary concern with regard to health care, for two primary reasons.

First, bedsores are a major health concern both for the direct health impact and indirect (through complications) hazard they can potentially cause to health.  Bedsores are discussed in numerous areas within this site, including the post of May 23, 2014 (“Bedsores Causes And Frequency,“) that discussed various aspects of bedsores, including the causes of bed sores as well as how often they occur.

Additionally, Elman Law Group also publishes the Chicago Bedsores Law site which focuses on bedsores and the legal aspects of their development, especially as it pertains to nursing home neglect.

Second, the development of bedsores is often a sign of nursing home neglect, especially if the bedsores worsen in severity, which is likely if they are not promptly and properly treated.

Recently, two Circuit Court of Cook County lawsuits have been filed regarding the development of bedsores.  The lawsuits allege nursing home neglect with regard to how the nursing home patients and their bedsores were handled.

The first lawsuit is seen in the Cook County Record article of August 13, 2015, titled “Falls, fractures and bedsores said to hasten nursing home resident’s demise.”  In this article various alleged shortfalls in the care of a nursing home resident in a Bloomingdale facility are discussed, as is the lawsuit.

The second lawsuit is discussed in the Cook County Record article of August 14, 2015, titled “Family alleges negligence in man’s pre-death pressure sores.”  In this article, the alleged development and worsening of sacral pressure ulcers are discussed, as is the lawsuit filed after the death of the resident, Ozzie Longino, in a Chicago Ridge nursing home.

Additional details and discussions of bedsores can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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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 Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Bed Sores – Statistics And Discussion

There are a variety of sources that discuss bed sores (also called bedsores, pressure sores, pressure ulcers, and decubitus ulcers).  Bed sores are a major health concern both for the direct and indirect (through complications) health care danger they can potentially cause.

The post of May 23, 2014 (“Bedsores Causes And Frequency“) discussed various aspects of bed sores, including the causes of bed sores as well as how often they occur.

An older data brief from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) also contains valuable information concerning bed sores, including a variety of statistics and commentary.  This information is seen in the NCHS February 2009 Data Brief, titled “Pressure Ulcers Among Nursing Home Residents:  United States, 2004.”

This data brief says that in 2004, 11% of nursing home residents had pressure ulcers (bed sores), and it says that “Stage 2” pressure ulcers were the most commonly occurring.

Perhaps the most worrisome part of this data brief was seen in a paragraph discussing the treatment and quality of treatment of bedsores.  An excerpt, as seen in the data brief: (bold added for emphasis)

Overall, 11% of nursing home residents had pressure ulcers in 2004. Various demographic and clinical factors were related to having a pressure ulcer in a nursing home. Residents in a nursing home for a year or less since admission, who had a recent weight loss, or who had high immobility had the highest prevalence of pressure ulcers. Among residents with a pressure ulcer of stage 2 or higher, 35% received special wound care services. This suggests that a minority of nursing home residents with stage 2 or higher pressure ulcers received wound care in accordance with the clinical practice guidelines. Pressure ulcers are serious and common medical conditions in U.S. nursing homes, and remain an important public health problem. Information from this Data Brief on pressure ulcer prevalence and service use among nursing home residents with pressure ulcers may provide a foundation for targeting public health efforts.

This NCHS Data Brief also contains various other commentary, including statistics concerning bed sores as well as other information that may be valuable in predicting who is most likely to get bed sores.

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Should you or someone you care for experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Bedsores Causes And Frequency

The Chicago Tribune published an article on May 14, 2014, titled “Left untreated, bedsores can be lethal.”  The article discusses various aspects of bedsores (also called “pressure ulcers”as well as decubitus ulcers) including the causes of bedsores, the frequency of bedsores, and tips for bedsore prevention.

A couple of excerpts from the article include:

Pressure ulcers, commonly called bedsores, are a big problem in the United States. More than 2.5 million Americans develop pressure ulcers every year, with about 60,000 people dying each year from pressure ulcer complications.

also:

Pressure ulcers can develop in as little as three hours as a result of sitting or lying too long in the same position, she said. Those who are bedridden are most at risk, including those in hospitals and long-term care facilities like nursing homes. The problem can occur in the home, as well.

also:

The Journal of the American Geriatric Society estimates that an average 4-to-5 percent of patients develop pressure ulcers during a hospital stay, and the number is higher in long-term care facilities: 23 percent.

The article also lists 12 steps to take to prevent and treat bedsores.

Additional details regarding bedsores can be found in various sources, including Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the ElmanLawGroup site ChicagoBedsoresLaw.com.

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Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.