Nursing Home Negligence, Southern Illinois
Protecting Vulnerable Adults
The elderly in nursing homes are often totally dependent upon their caregivers. It is especially tragic when these caregivers are the cause of injuries suffered by their elderly patients. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the negligence of a nursing home, you need a lawyer who has experience defending vulnerable, elderly adults.
At Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. we have experience. Our law firm has been providing passionate, client-centered representation since 1950. Our lawyers emphasize the importance of knowing our clients, and listening and giving valued counsel throughout the course of our representation.
Types of Nursing Home Neglect
We have represented clients in Mount Vernon and throughout Southern Illinois in many types of personal injuries resulting from nursing home neglect, from the most minor to the most severe. We have seen cases involving:
- Changed and lost records
- Lack of precautions for people who are immobile or bedridden
- Strict doctor requirements that are not followed (bed rails up, etc.)
- Medication errors
- Patient disorientation
- Premises liability for dangerous conditions in nursing homes and hospitals
- Decubitus Ulcers
Protecting the Elderly from Bedsores
Decubitus ulcers — also called bedsores, pressure sores, and pressure ulcers — are skin wounds that develop as a result of unrelieved pressure on bony areas of the body such as heels and hips. They are often highly debilitating and can result in severe infection, amputations, surgery and even death. Patients in nursing homes who have limited mobility may be particularly vulnerable because they often lie or sit in the same position for long periods of time. In addition, people with certain health conditions are at greater risk than others.
Decubitus ulcers only get worse unless they are given proper attention early on. We’ve seen cases where the pressure sores resulted in substantial personal injury cases and sometimes even wrongful death when the problem isn’t addressed early enough and life threatening infections and even blood poisoning are allowed to result. Bedsores can be healed with correct and prompt treatment. When bedsores are not identified and treated promptly, the care facility may have been negligent or abusive. If this is the case, the patient – or the family of a patient who died – may be able to seek compensation for the injuries.
Bedsores are among the most common type of nursing home neglect case we see, and they are also among the most tragic. The worst part is that they are easy to avoid.
Serving Southern Illinois for 60 Plus Years
Call our office at (618)-244-5335 or contact us online for a free consultation with an attorney to discuss your case. We will drive to wherever you are in Southern Illinois, at no extra cost to you. And if you are able to get out, we have offices in Mount Vernon, Mount Carmel, Effingham, Belleville, Vandalia, Olney, and Marion for your convenience.
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