Pressure Sores That Occur In Illinois Nursing Homes

Pressure sores (also commonly referred to as pressure injuries, pressure ulcers and bed sores) continue to be a major potential threat to residents of nursing homes and other long-term health care facilities, such as assisted living facilities.  On this site, pressure sores are further discussed on the “Pressure Sores” page, and individual posts concerning pressure sores are seen under the “bedsores” category.

Nursing home residents often have characteristics, including age, that makes them more vulnerable to the development of pressure sores.  If these pressure sores are allowed to worsen – and go untreated – there can be a variety of adverse health impacts.

Often, the development of pressure sores and the accompanying injuries – which can lead to a fatality – leads to the filing of a lawsuit.  These lawsuits often allege negligence in the health care provided to the nursing home resident.

One of these adverse health impacts that can occur from pressure sores is infection.

The Chicago Tribune published an article (with videos) on September 5, 2018 titled “In Illinois’ understaffed nursing homes, deadly infections persist from bedsores and common injuries that go untreated.”  The article discusses various issues concerning Illinois nursing home residents that have developed infections, and also discusses sepsis and septic shock.

Notable excerpts from the article include:

Year after year, nursing homes around the country have failed to prevent bedsores and other infections that can lead to sepsis, an investigation by Kaiser Health News and the Chicago Tribune has found.

No one tracks sepsis cases closely enough to know how many times these infections turn fatal.

However, a federal report has found that care related to sepsis was the most common reason given for transfers of nursing home residents to hospitals and noted that such cases ended in death “much more often” than hospitalizations for other conditions.

also:

In Illinois, about 6,000 nursing home residents a year who were hospitalized had sepsis, and 1 in 5 didn’t survive, according to Definitive’s analysis.

also, with regard to infection control:

Poor infection control ranks among the most common citations in nursing homes. Since 2015, inspectors have cited 72 percent of homes nationally for not having or following an infection control program. In Illinois, that figure stands at 88 percent of homes.

Illinois falls below national norms for risks of pressure sores or failure to treat them properly in nursing homes. Inspectors have cited 37 percent of the nation’s nursing homes for this deficiency, compared with 60 percent in Illinois, according to CMS records. Only three states were cited more frequently.

A description of sepsis is provided, and a video in the article further discusses sepsis and septic shock.

The article also discusses various lawsuits filed over the development of pressure sores and their health complications.

Additional details concerning pressure sores and infections in nursing home residents 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.

Patients Sue After Being Infected With Hepatitis C Virus

One hazard of being in a nursing home, hospital, or other care facility is the possibility of catching an infection or disease.  This possibility is heightened if negligence, errors, or unsafe operating procedures are present in the health care setting.

There are many examples of patients getting diseases and infections in this manner.  An article in the May 2 Valley News titled “More N.H. Hepatitis C Suits Settled” discusses an outbreak of Hepatitus C in a New Hampshire hospital that resulted in various lawsuits, including a class action lawsuit.

An excerpt from the article:

The civil lawsuits seek to hold the hospital accountable for its hiring and management of David Kwiatkowski, who is serving 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood.

Kwiatkowski had worked as a cardiac technologist in seven states before being hired in New Hampshire in 2011, despite being fired numerous times over drug allegations. Since his arrest in 2012, 46 people in New Hampshire, Maryland, Kansas and Pennsylvania have been diagnosed with the same strain of the hepatitis C virus he carries, and authorities say the disease played a role in a Kansas woman’s death. Kwiatkowski also worked in Michigan, New York, Arizona and Georgia.

The July 5, 2012 CBSNews.com article titled “Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital in N.H. grows to 27 cases, lawsuits follow” also discusses the underlying incident and the associated lawsuits.  This article mentions “drug diversion” as a possible means by which the Hepatitis C virus was transmitted.  An excerpt:

Back in June, Dr. Jose Montero, New Hampshire’s public health director, said “drug diversion” from a hospital employee was being eyed as a potential cause of the outbreak. Drug diversion refers to when a hospital worker injects himself with drugs meant for patients and then puts the syringe back, possibly containing a different solution like saline, only to be inadvertently administered to patients.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two named above.

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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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Legionnaires’ Disease

One risk facing patients in a nursing home, assisted living facility, hospital, or other health care facility is the possibility of catching an infection or disease.  This possibility is heightened if negligence, errors, or unsafe operating procedures are present in an Illinois health care facility.

Examples of errors, negligence, and other assorted acts – including criminal behavior – that have led to patients getting infections and diseases are numerous, both within Illinois as well as nationally.

A recent example is seen in a Pittsburgh VA (Veterans Administration) hospital.  This is an example of a patient contracting a disease which led to the patient’s death, and a subsequent wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the diseased victim.

An excerpt from the May 2, 2014 Triblive.com article titled “Sister of Navy veteran who died in Legionnaires’ outbreak sues” :

The sister of a Navy veteran killed in a Legionnaires’ outbreak sued the federal government on Friday, alleging wrongful death and negligence in the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

Lloyd Mitchell Wanstreet, 65, of Jeannette died July 4, 2012, after contracting Legionnaires’ from contaminated water in the hospital system, according to the suit. Sandy Riley sued on behalf of Wanstreet’s estate.

The article also states that additional lawsuits have been filed on behalf of other alleged victims of the disease outbreak, and that most of these lawsuits have been settled.

Additional details and possible updates concerning these lawsuits and the underlying Legionnaires’ outbreak can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article above as well as the May 2, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article titled “Estate of Jeannette man sues over Legionella death.”

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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.