The daughter of a woman who died of complications linked to numerous pressure sores is suing the nursing facility charged with providing the victim’s care. Manor Care has been the subject of multiple lawsuits in recent years and many of the chain’s homes have been cited for understaffing concerns. The Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have long sought to raise awareness to the link between understaffing concerns and the prevalence of neglect in for profit nursing chains that refuse to adequately staff their facilities. There is simply no excuse for cases such as that of Ruthie Tyus, whose painful death was completely preventable.
Tyus Developed Pressure Sores over an Extended Time Period
Mary Tyus stated in her lawsuit against Manor Care that her mother developed pressure sores over an extended period of time and inadequate measures were taken to prevent and care for the wounds. Ruthie Tyus died from septic shock, which occurs when an infection is able to travel through the blood stream to vital organs throughout the body. Prior to her death, she developed multiple bedsores that progressed to later stages in which the sores became open wounds. The septic shock was the end result of numerous infections that developed at the sites of the wounds.
Damages are being sought for the pain, suffering and disfigurement that Tyus endured due to her injuries and the lack of preventative measures taken by Manor Care staff members to identify and treat the wounds in their early stages. Our Chicago nursing home injury lawyers encounter many cases of neglect that are the result of understaffing. In many instances, staff members may make attempts to serve the needs of every individual under their care, but may be unable to address the concerns of every patient due to limited resources and time.
Why Pressure Sores are a Sign of Neglect
While it is true that some patients are at an elevated risk of developing pressure sores, late stage pressure sores are inexcusable. The measures needed to prevent the development or progression of a bedsore are very simple. Patients simply need to be repositioned every several hours and encouraged to be active for several hours a day. When left in a single position for an extended period, blood can be cut off to the back, head, heels and buttocks, where the majority of bedsores will develop.
Hygiene and nutrition are also factors that, when neglected, can increase the risk that a sore will develop and become infected. It is impossible for staff members to assist a patient with his or her regular hygiene and not to notice the presence of sores. Keeping a patient well-nourished and hydrated will also lower his or her chances of developing bedsores and help during the healing process if sores are present.
When considering all that influences the progression of a pressure sore into later stages, it becomes painfully clear why stage three or four pressure sores can only be the result of neglect or abusive care. Some patients develop stage one or two pressure sores when they have mobility issues, but regular monitoring and repositioning can prevent theses sores from becoming open wounds. If your loved one is suffering from bedsores, you have the right to conduct an investigation into the measures his or her nursing facility is taking to prevent and treat his or her wounds.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has helped thousands of families pursue justice for their loved ones who have been mistreated, neglected and abused by their caregivers. If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of neglect, contact us today to speak with one of our award winning Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys. We will collect the information we need to thoroughly evaluate your case and review your legal options with you so that you know exactly what we can do on your loved one’s behalf. If we are unable to recover compensation, our services will be free of charge.