Pressure Sores Health Issues And The Filing Of Lawsuits

As often discussed on this site, pressure sores health issues are often a sign of neglect.  If pressure sores (also commonly referred to pressure ulcers, pressure injuries, bed sores and bedsores) develop and worsen, it is often a sign that quality of health care received is inadequate.

If pressure sores develop, they can – and often do – worsen if prompt and proper medical care is not received.  In addition to the pressure sores health issues that can arise from serious pressure injuries, there are a variety of other adverse health conditions that often accompany the decline in health.  As seen in many Illinois nursing home incidents in which serious pressures sores have developed and worsened, it is not uncommon for such pressure sore injuries, if not reversed, to lead to the death of the resident.

A common complaint regarding the development of pressure sores is that such injuries should not develop – i.e. they are preventable if various basic precautions are taken.  As such, if pressure sores develop and worsen negligence on the part of the health care provider (nursing home, assisted living facility, etc.) is often alleged.  In cases where the nursing home resident dies following the development of pressure sores, such deaths have often led to the filing of wrongful death lawsuits.

An example of an Illinois claim of negligence – as seen in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Madison County – is discussed in the June 1, 2018 Madison Record article titled “Rosewood Care Center accused of failing to provide adequate medical care.”  An excerpt:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between Oct. 13, 2016, and Jan. 9, 2017, Norma Sethaler was a resident at Rosewood Care Center of Edwardsville. The complaint alleges she sustained injuries including multiple pressure ulcers and an infection while at the facility, which caused and contributed to her death on Sept. 16, 2017.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants breached their duties to provide suitable and adequate medical, nursing and personal care to their residents, including the decedent.

Additional details regarding these pressure sores health issues as well as associated wrongful death lawsuits can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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 Joseph Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group take cases to court. 

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