Bedsores, also known as pressure sores and decubitus ulcers, are extraordinarily frequent form of neglect in nursing homes which result when staff are inattentive to patient needs. By law, nursing homes must evaluate each patient’s risk for developing bedsores and create a plan of care to prevent their development. They are associated with numerous complications including death. When a patient develops bedsores during an admission, the facility may be pursued for their negligence. Here are some settlements and lawsuits involving patients who developed bedsores in nursing homes from various jurisdictions in Illinois.Valuing Nursing Home Bed Sore Cases From a Settlement & Verdict Perspective
The nursing home attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers appreciate the devastating impact a pressure sore has on both the individual and their family. Our law firm has successfully recovered compensation on nursing home bedsore cases across most counties in Illinois and outside the state. We invite you to contact our office for a free review of your circumstance today. As with all of our nursing home negligence matters, we only charge a legal fee when there is a recovery for you.
JOHNSON VS. OSF; WINNEBAGO COUNTY; $120,000 SETTLEMENT
Everett Johnson was admitted to a hospital for treatment for broken bones. While staying there, he developed bedsores. To accommodate this and other issues, he was later transferred to a nursing home for extended care. While at the home, his bedsores worsened to such an extent that he needed to left foot amputated because it developed gangrene. Representatives for the man sued the nursing home for this development. The lawsuit alleged the home should have created and implemented a plan to account for the bedsores as well as better consulted with the patient’s doctors. The extent to which the bedsores worsened on the nursing home’s watch spelled trouble for them, so they quickly sought settlement. The victim received $120,000 in an agreement.
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DAVIS VS. WASHINGTON HEIGHTS; COOK COUNTY; $837,552 SETTLEMENT
In this case, the estate of a woman sued a nursing home following her death after she developed bedsores and died from their complications. Apparently, the bedsores had worsened so badly that maggots were actually found inside the affected area. Also, she was suffering from dehydration and malnutrition at the time of her death. The subsequent lawsuit complained that the nursing home failed to meet the standard of care required of similar homes by not adequately monitoring the victim, by not properly training its staff, and for allowing the emergence of bedsores. It concluded that the nursing home was responsible for her death. The nursing home could not mount any legitimate defense to these allegations so both sides agreed on a settlement of $837,552.
BEARD VS. BOULEVARD HEALTHCARE; COOK COUNTY; $575,000 SETTLEMENT
A 77-year-old woman was transferred to a nursing home for care following treatment at a hospital when she developed bedsores on her back and heels. At the time she was transferred, doctors instructed the home that she was a high risk for bedsores. However, friends and family that visited noted that her clothes and sheets had not been changed in a long time. A few months after developing bedsores, she was sent back to the hospital with pneumonia, sepsis, and dehydration. She died shortly thereafter. The family sued the nursing home on her behalf arguing that it failed to properly assess and care for her bedsores and that this was the reason why she died. Fearing an exorbitant jury award, the nursing home quickly chose to settle and the family agreed for $575,000.
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WAZYDRAG VS. WALDEN NORTH; COOK COUNTY; $1,000,000 SETTLEMENT
Here, a 51-year-old quadriplegic sued a nursing home after he developed bedsores following a five-month stay at the center. He claimed that prior to entering the home he did not have any bedsores but that once there they arose and advanced to an advanced stage. After discovering the presence and spread of this disease, he moved to another nursing home and then eventually to his personal residence where his wife managed his care. He sued the original nursing home and claimed that it did not change his clothing or bedding regularly, that it did not develop a plan to minimize the emergence of bedsores, and that the bedsores created other medical problems throughout his body. The nursing home refuted some of the factual allegations of his suit, primarily that it did not change his bedding or clothes, and also that the bedsores materially reduced his health status after he left their nursing home. However, presented with the possibility of a long-term lawsuit and sympathetic jury, the defendant nursing home chose to settle for the policy of $1,000,000.
JOHNSON VS. SLP LLC; WINNEBAGO COUNTY; $40,000 SETTLEMENT
In this tragic story, an 89-year-old woman died while in the care of a nursing home. After careful investigation, it was discovered that she had developed bedsores and also experiencing vomiting, dehydration, and diabetes complications. Representatives of the decedent sued the nursing home for failing to meet the proper standard of care. The lawsuit alleged that the home should have informed and monitored their employees better as well as detect and deter the presence of bedsores in the victim. The defendant nursing home denied all of this. Rather than go through a lengthy trial, both sides settled for $40,000. The rather low settlement amount might be attributed to the old age of the woman as well as the numerous health issues she had unrelated to the nursing home’s treatment.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to holding negligent nursing homes responsible for poor care that results in the development of bedsores. While each case deserves to be evaluated on its own merits, as you can see from the above, many Illinois pressure sore cases result in significant recoveries for the individual or his or her family. Our office has a nurse on staff to evaluate the merits of your case quickly. Contact us today for a free case review and to ensure that you receive the maximum value for your case via settlement or a lawsuit against the facility.