According to allegations in a recently filed lawsuit, a Chicago area nursing home failed to properly care for a quadriplegic patient, and the staff's errors ultimately led to the man's premature death. The complaint alleges a chain of abuse and mistreatment that demonstrates how nursing home neglect can cause patients unimaginable suffering and lead to an early death.
The man was admitted to the nursing home in December 2012. He was suffering from quadriplegia, dementia, bladder and kidney disease. The man's limited mental capacity prevented him from making informed decisions regarding the care provided to him in the facility. The complaint alleges that within weeks of his admission, the man had wounds on his scrotum. During the year that followed, he developed sores on his testicles and buttocks and a "foul smelling" hemorrhoid. The man's children had him admitted to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a bacterial infection on his anus and necrotic bed sores.
During another admission in 2014, the hospital staff found that the man's catheter had not been changed in over four weeks. In another hospitalization, the man was found to have a Stage III-IV decubitus ulcer where the spine meets the buttocks. A stage IV ulcer is defined as a visible hole in the skin through which bones can be seen.
The man died in 2014. The complaint alleges that the nursing home staff failed to monitor his condition or provide adequate catheterization and that this negligent care led to his death. Anyone who has a loved one who may have received substandard care in a nursing home may wish to consult a lawyer who specializes in such cases. Such a consultation can provide an evaluation of the facts of the case and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages.
Source: Courthouse News Service, "Family Alleges Nursing Home Horrors," Jack Bouboushian, Jan. 7, 2016