Pressure ulcers (also commonly referred to as bedsores, bed sores, pressure sores and pressure injuries) are a common reason for the filing of lawsuits against health care providers, especially those that attend to the elderly and others who are vulnerable to developing such injuries. Because pressure ulcers – due to their many potential ill-effects on general health as well as their often accompanying neglect in care – can lead to death, many of the lawsuits filed are wrongful death lawsuits.
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 if they are not promptly and correctly treated – negligence on the part of the health care provider is often alleged.
An example of a Chicago-area claim of negligence – as seen in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Will County – is discussed in the July 11, 2017 Joliet Patch article titled “Salem Village Sued In Wrongful Death Lawsuit” as well as The Herald-News article titled “Dead man’s mother files suit against Salem Village.”
An excerpt from the Joliet Patch article concerning the lawsuit and its allegations:
Relatives of a Joliet man who died last year have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The long-term nursing care facility on Joliet’s east-side, in the 1300 block of Rowell Ave., is accused of several acts of negligence surrounding the Sept. 12, 2016 death of Michael Morris, who was only 43.
As seen in the article, multiple pressure ulcers allegedly developed and worsened, as well as other alleged acts of abuse and neglect in the decedent’s care.
An excerpt from The Herald-News article:
The center is also accused of failing to provide properly supervised nursing and personal care, including turning and repositioning Morris at least every two hours, daily skin inspections, weekly skin assessments and nutritional monitoring.
Salem Village provides nursing, intermediate and rehabilitation services, and is located in the 1300 block of Rowell Avenue in Joliet.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two articles 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 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.
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