Nursing Home Patient Kennedy Terminal Ulcer Lawyers: Chicago, Illinois
Nursing home residents face all sorts of risks during their stay at long-term care facilities, but none may present a more sizeable or imminent danger than Kennedy Terminal Ulcers. Referred to colloquially as KTUs, these fast-growing ulcers may spell death for a patient in just a few hours, which is normally the same amount of time they take to form. Often pear-shaped and found in the lower back area of the spine (sacral/coccygeal section), they can be spotted by their purple color, and this is a sign of sure trouble soon on the horizon.
The Chicago nursing home attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent patients and families of victims who have suffered because of Kennedy ulcers in Illinois nursing home. While KTU's are a special case of pressure sores, they nonetheless implicate similar medical issues. However, on substantial legal and medical points, they also differ. The sections that expound upon these matters. If you have more questions or concerns, call us anytime and with no obligation at (888) 424-5757.
Kennedy Terminal Ulcers in Illinois Nursing Home Residents
Similar to bed sores, Kennedy ulcers pop up towards the end of a person's life. Bed sores (also called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers) form over long periods of time due to friction, pressure, or shearing. On the other hand, doctors cannot specifically point to a cause of Kennedy ulcers. Yet, they do almost always occur simultaneous to skin deterioration as well as a person's overall health decline and death. Patients can see these ulcers as a sign of general organ and vascular system failure.
Of course, many nursing home patients are battling terminal illnesses and poor health. They are ripe candidates for the emergence of Kennedy ulcers. Therefore, their doctors should check for underlying issues that typically predict KTUs will emerge in order to better prevent them. The next section addresses symptoms of Kennedy ulcers which goes a long way towards detection and treatment.
Kennedy Terminal Ulcer Symptoms
Differentiating between Kennedy ulcers and other types of bruises, sores, or lesions can be difficult at times. Plus, their quick emergence makes identification hard in the first place. Yet, Kennedy ulcers do have some distinctive signs and symptoms to alert you to their presence such as the following:
- Kennedy ulcers normally pop up on a person's sacrum, the lower triangular spot on the back/pelvis.
- Kennedy ulcers normally are pear-shaped initially though that might morph into a difference shape later.
- Kennedy ulcers normally have similar colors to other bruised parts of the body: blue or purple and black as it gets much worse.
- Kennedy ulcers normally develop very quickly unlike bed sores.
Kennedy Terminal Ulcer Treatment
As their name suggests, Kennedy ulcers normally signal that a patient has entered a final phase of their life. It is probable that comorbidities in addition to KTUs are critically threatening his or her life. At this point, medical teams normally switch to preserving a person's quality of life with palliative care.
This can be done through a number of options including surgical methods, medication, repositioning, and other means of medical and daily assistance. The exact course will be chosen by a doctor in consultation with the nursing home resident and his or her family.
Kennedy Terminal Ulcer Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Sue if My Loved on Suffered a Kennedy Ulcer at an Illinois Nursing Home?
Plaintiffs can sue in Illinois for Kennedy ulcers if they were the result of negligence or medical malpractice. Negligence is defined as unreasonable conduct for the circumstances. 720 ILCS 5/4-7. Medical malpractice is healthcare rendered below an accepted standard of care. 735 ILCS 5/2-1704. Additionally, if the Kennedy ulcers caused or contributed to the resident's death, then the family can sue as well. 740 ILCS 180/1.
How Long do I Have to Sue for a Kennedy Ulcer in Illinois?
Plaintiffs in Illinois have between one and two years to bring lawsuits for Kennedy ulcer claims depending upon their underlying cause of action. See 735 ILCS 5/13-202; 735 ILCS section 5/13-212(a); 735 ILCS 5/13-209. In certain circumstances, that period can be extended, but this is the presumptive time window to file your Illinois nursing home lawsuit.
What can I Obtain in an Illinois Kennedy Ulcer Lawsuit?
Plaintiffs can seek damages in Illinois court for all of the harm that a Kennedy ulcer caused them if it occurred because of someone's wrongful conduct. This includes economic damages such as medical bills, lost income, funeral expenses, surgery, etc. It also includes non-economic damages such as pain, suffering, and lost companionship (the latter only in wrongful death claims).
What do I Need to Sue for Damages in an Illinois Kennedy Ulcer Case?
Illinois cases for nursing home ulcers or bed sores normally require substantial time, money, and expertise. They are a specialized subset of medical malpractice litigation. Consequently, laymen do not commonly prosecute them. Fortunately, many firms, including the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, take these on contingency to ensure that victims of nursing home abuse get help and recovery without worrying about upfront costs.
Sample Illinois Kennedy Terminal Ulcer Case Settlements & Verdicts
$300,000 Settlement; Illinois Terminal Ulcer Settlement
The nursing home resident involved in this Illinois case was in her late eighties. She developed a Stave IV terminal ulcer just prior to passing away. At the time, she also was suffering from a number of severe health conditions. Her estate brought this action against the nursing home. They alleged it was negligent in its care of her and sought recompense for pain and expense. In a private settlement, the pair agreed to end the matter for the sum of $300,000.
$800,000 Settlement; Illinois Terminal Ulcer Settlement
Here, a man in his middle fifties died suddenly in a south-suburban nursing home. Staff determined just after his passing that he had sacral terminal ulcers (KTUs). They were infected and caused or at least substantially contributed to his death. The man's representatives sued the nursing home for malpractice and wrongful death. The defendant facility initially denied all allegations, but this did not prevent both sides from reaching an amicable conclusion to this Illinois nursing home lawsuit. They settled for $800,000.
$925,000 Settlement; Illinois Terminal Ulcer Settlement
This dispute emerged and ended relatively quickly. A man in his middle seventies entered an Illinois nursing home. He was elderly and needed constant monitoring but was otherwise healthy and had no signs of pressure sores. Flashforward a few months later and the man had died from terminal stage IV ulcers on the sacral region of his spine. Also, they were infected. The man's counsel offered that this could have only happened due to the malpractice of the facility and sought compensation for his damages from the nursing home. Seeking to end the Illinois claim through private agreement, the parties concluded the matter for $925,000.
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