A woman has filed a Kentucky nursing home negligence lawsuit against Peterson Park in Chicago, accusing the long-term care facility of laxity in the care of her mother. The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff’s mother was suffering from a range of medical conditions between December 2013 and February 2014, and the nursing home was negligent in its duty of care toward her. As a result, the resident developed further complications, including sepsis, bedsores, and a collapsed lung, which eventually led to her death. The Kentucky nursing home negligence lawsuit seeks over $50,000 in damages against the nursing home for neglect, negligence, and pain & suffering.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis is a condition in which infection and inflammation spread throughout the body, either through a wound or bloodstream. It is often a result of severe infection in the body that enters the bloodstream. If a person suffers from kidney, abdominal, or bloodstream infection, they are more prone to sepsis.
Chemicals released by the body as a self-defense against infection may trigger inflammation throughout the entire body, which may damage different systems in the body. In severe cases, some systems may even shut down entirely. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to sepsis and resultant serious complications due to nursing home negligence, as their bodies and immune systems are weak.
However, early treatment of sepsis increases the likelihood of cure and raises the chances of the infected person’s survival. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are negligent in the care of their residents. As a result, sepsis is not caught at an early stage, and it may get worse over time, from basic sepsis to severe sepsis or even septic shock.
Stage One– Patient may suffer from fever above 101.3 degrees. In some patients, the body temperature may get below 95 degrees. Other symptoms include a rapid respiration rate of over 20 breaths/minute and rapid heart rate of over 90 beats/minute. In long-term care facilities, sepsis is often the result of nursing home abuse.
Stage Two – If left untreated, sepsis may worsen and become severe. The patient may experience pain in the abdomen/stomach, difficulty breathing, urinary problems, and abnormalities in heart pumping rate and speed. Some patients may even experience changes in their mental state.
Stage Three – Unchecked or untreated sepsis may take the form of Septic Shock, in which the patient enters a state of shock and may experience a sudden drop in blood pressure. An elderly individual is more at the risk of stage three of sepsis if they are not given proper medical care in the initial stages. It may get extremely difficult to restore their blood pressure to normal. Such cases are often reported in elderly care facilities, which are a result of nursing home negligence.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit
Kentucky nursing home residents have the basic right to medical care. Nursing home staff are responsible to do everything possible to provide diligent care & treatment for residents and take adequate steps to prevent sepsis and resulting infections & complications. Some elderly care facilities may be understaffed or have improperly trained staff that cannot fulfill the needs of residents, often resulting in dangerous complications for the elderly. It is considered a case of elderly abuse or neglect.
If a loved one has suffered serious harm in a long-term care facility, contact our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at 1-800-632-1404 for legal consultation. We will evaluate the case to determine whether a nursing home abuse lawsuit is warranted. A number of nursing home negligence patients and their loved ones have received compensation for medical expenses and pain & suffering incurred due to the neglect shown by a long-term care facility staff in performing their duties.