Diabetic Complications Injury Lawyers: Chicago, Illinois
According to the American Diabetes Association, a diabetic condition is significantly more common among senior citizens compared to other age groups. The national center states that there is a high prevalence of diabetes in long-term care facilities that, without proper treatment, could cause catastrophic consequences in the elderly population.
Long-term care facilities are responsible for developing a plan of care that attends to the individual needs of each patient. The failure to accurately monitor the blood glucose levels of diabetic elderly people can have catastrophic consequences that may result in serious injury, coma, or death.
If home residents with diabetes fail to receive proper monitoring or care, the nursing facility might be held liable for negligence or medical malpractice if the negligent care results in complications and undue pain and suffering.
Our Chicago elder home abuse legal team is committed to ensuring that elderly home patients receive the care that they deserve. We hold skilled nursing facilities accountable for their misdeeds - including complications related to a facility's failure to monitor and attend to the needs of a diabetic patient.
All victims of elder abuse who were harmed through home negligence are entitled to receive financial compensation that covers their damages. The laws of the federal government and state of Illinois regulate the care of elderly people in nursing centers to or eliminate nursing home abuse.
Diabetes is the inability of the body to process sugar efficiently, resulting in hyperglycemia— or high blood glucose levels. Insulin is required for the use of glucose by the body's cells.
People with diabetes are unable to produce sufficient levels of insulin or have become resistant to the insulin that is being produced. The elevated blood glucose levels; could cause many conditions and complications such as nerve damage, heart disease, mood changes, dizziness, and loss of cognitive function.
Medical professionals will create a Care Plan where staff members manage the diabetic condition through medical treatments, insulin injections, and other medical care.
Medications treat diabetes by lowering the body's resistance to insulin or helping the body produce the insulin that it needs. Elderly patients who are unable to produce any insulin at all may need to take insulin injections or use an insulin pump that maintains steady levels of insulin in the blood.
On occasion, these medications may lower a diabetic's blood glucose levels too much, resulting in hypoglycemia— or low blood sugar. Having low blood sugar can result in severe medical complications as well, which include coma or death.
Diabetic Nursing Home Patient Injury FAQs
In the United States, diabetes mellitus complications rank as the seventh leading cause of death. Many individuals with diabetes spend years undergoing intensive treatment to lower the risk of developing associated complications, including hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. The most commonly asked questions involving diabetic nursing home patient injuries include:
What is a Common Complication of Long-Term Diabetes?
Nearly every individual with long-term diabetes has elevated blood glucose levels that, over time, can damage the organs in the body. Possible complications often involve small blood vessels (microvascular) and large blood vessels (macrovascular).
High blood glucose levels can create severe medical conditions, including stroke, heart attack, kidney problems, nerve damage, and problems with the feet, gums, and eyes.
What are the Complications of Untreated Diabetes?
If the condition is left untreated, possible complications can arise quickly. Some of these complications include cardiovascular disease, hearing impairment, skin conditions, foot damage, retinopathy (damaged eye), nephropathy (kidney damage), neuropathy (nerve damage), Alzheimer's disease, and cardiovascular disease.
What are the Symptoms of End-Stage Diabetes?
Individuals with diabetes near the end of their life will often display apparent signs and symptoms associated with the progression of the disease. These signs include significant weight loss, fatigue, increase hunger and thirst, ongoing infections, increase drowsiness, and needing to urinate frequently.
How do You Know if Your Diabetes is Getting Worse?
Individuals with diabetes often experience different sensations as the condition progresses. Some of the sensations include tingling, numbness, and burning in the feet and hands, including the toes and fingers.
Others notice a and intense pain that worsens in the evening and overnight. Many experience muscle weakness making it difficult to walk, sit, or stand. Bladder infections are also a significant problem for individuals with diabetes who experience a loss of bladder control.
How do Most Diabetics Die?
Sometimes, individuals with diabetes face serious problems from the chronic disease that causes a significant decline in their quality of life. Nearly 70% of individuals with diabetes will succumb to the condition through a stroke, heart attack, or another cardiovascular-related episode.
However, doctors offer a variety of recommendations to improve the diabetic condition when patients make significant changes to their lifestyle choices and take effective medications.
Blood Sugar Monitoring Required by Nursing Homes
To maintain a healthy blood glucose level, staff members must monitor the nursing home residents' blood glucose levels to ensure they remain balanced properly. Blood glucose testing is a simple procedure that requires a single drop of blood and a test meter that is simple to use.
There is no excuse for improperly monitoring a patient's blood sugar levels when providing diabetic care. The consequences of unregulated blood sugar, medical errors, the wrong medication, and nursing home negligence, however, can be catastrophic.
Complications due to Unregulated Blood Sugar
The symptoms and common types of conditions caused by blood sugar irregularities can be as minor as a headache and lightheadedness or as severe as advanced nerve, kidney, liver, or heart damage. The following warning signs, symptoms, and conditions may result from unmonitored glucose levels.
- Confusion, lightheadedness, or dizziness
- Loss of consciousness
- Hypoglycemia / Hyperglycemia
- Severe fatigue and tiredness
- Sudden change in mood or irritability
- Damage to the liver, kidneys, or heart
- Ulcers in the extremities— most commonly the feet
- Nerve and tissue damage
- Severe infections
Nursing Home Diabetic Patient Injury Settlements, Lawsuits and Jury Awards
$552,000 Illinois Verdict; Diabetic Nursing Home Accident
A senior home resident with diabetes suffered from congestive heart problems and Inclusion-Body Myositis (IBM). His Myositis condition made it difficult to walk around the eldercare home without assistance causing his knees to buckle. He fell often.
One day, the nursing home staff attempted to help him rehab for his therapeutic exercises. During one session, he tumbled over and broke his ankle, requiring a transfer to a local hospital for care.
The resident, facing over $100,000 in medical expenses and experiencing ongoing pain and suffering, filed a civil lawsuit against the nursing home. The document claims that the facility was negligent in its supervision and providing care.
The plaintiff stated that a reasonable party would have hired, trained, and equipped its staff members to provide better assistance. To cover his damages, he saw financial compensation for all his losses.
In response, the defendant (the nursing facility) replied that it acted according to all reasonable expectations and blamed the incident on the man's underlying condition.
However, the jury was unconvinced of the defendant's evidence and awarded the plaintiff $552,000 in damages, including $125,000 for his disability, $300,000 for his suffering, and $127,000 for his medical expenses.
$2,000,000 Illinois Settlement; Diabetic Nursing Home Case
A man in his 50s with significant health problems, including diabetes, was transferred to the nursing care facility for other health issues that necessitated constant care and supervision.
However, he claims the Illinois senior home failed to provide him adequate care when the staff left him unattended to his peril when he developed deep vein thrombosis. Eventually, his condition degraded, forming an embolism, resulting in his death.
His wife and three children had long awaited his return to the family from the nursing facility. Instead, the family members filed a wrongful death suit complaining the facility's negligence led to their loved one's death. The family also claims that had their loved one received proper care, he would not have developed thrombosis and a subsequent embolism that claimed his life.
The family sought compensation for their loss. The defendant (the nursing facility) agree to a negotiated settlement of $2 million.
$450,000 Illinois Settlement; Diabetic Nursing Home Accident
The seventy-six-year-old plaintiff with diabetes could not walk around the facility without assistance because half of her body was paralyzed. One day her health care providers dropped her while attempting to get her up, leaving her with a broken ankle.
Due to her poor health, the injury developed into gangrene. Doctors performed a below-the-knee amputation to stave off further complications.
The woman sued the Illinois nursing home's owners. Her family argued that the home was negligent and should have provided better care. Since they did not, she was injured and suffered physical injuries, mental and emotional injuries, financial losses, and other damages.
The defendant (nursing facility) pointed to the woman's frail age and illness as the real source of her problems. However, they neglected to provide evidence of how the woman because of the fall, which led to her broken bone.
Instead of taking the case to trial, the owners and plaintiffs negotiated a settlement agreement of $450,000 for the woman's pain, suffering, and other harm.
$250,000 Illinois Settlement; Diabetic Nursing Home Accident
A resident in her eighties with diabetes and terminal cancer underwent a recent amputation. When she arrived at the Illinois rehab center, doctors thought that she did not have much time to live. The medical professionals estimated she would succumb to her condition in a matter of weeks.
The nursing staff needed to move her around the facility daily because she could move without assistance. On one occasion, the staff dropped her, causing a rapid decline in her health. She died the following day.
Her surviving adult children, including a son, filed a civil lawsuit against the Illinois nursing center. The son argued that despite his mother's age and infirmities, she should never have been the victim of nursing home neglect and abuse.
The lawsuit alleges that the staff negligently transferred her and caused her to fall down and injure herself. The fall lowered her quality of life, quickened her death, and caused increased expenses.
To resolve the case, the defendant nursing facility offered to settle, and they mutually agreed to end the matter for a reported $250,000.
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