The decision to place a parent in a nursing home is never easy, and it’s no secret that the overall quality of elderly care varies. While some facilities provide round-the-clock attention and treat their residents with compassion and respect, others may be neglectful or even abusive.
There are a rising number of elderly patients experiencing neglect and abuse in nursing homes, but it is possible to take action against the lax care practices that violate state and federal laws.
Chicago Nursing Home Sued For Pressure Sores
On Nov. 2, a woman from Cook County, Illinois, named Rochelle Gibson filed a lawsuit against the nursing home that was meant to care for her mother for four months in 2013.
Lillie Gibson was a resident of Jackson Square Skilled Nursing and Living Center from July 13 until her death on Oct. 31. During her time at the facility, she developed pressure sores that affected her quality of life. The bedsores allegedly caused her pain and suffering, adding to her disability and medical expenses.
Gibson’s daughter alleges that Jackson Square’s practices violated the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act (NHCA), which protects the rights and safety of residents living in long-term care facilities. The family is asking for more than $50,000 in damage compensation.
Take Action Against Negligence
Nursing home staff members should be trained on how to prevent bedsores. Because patients are meant to be handled gently and repositioned to avoid prolonged pressure, bedsores may be an indication that a parent or relative is being neglected.
If you suspect that an elderly family member has been subject to caretaker negligence, you may be eligible for legal assistance.
Complete a free, no-obligation case evaluation to see if you and your family qualify for compensation.
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