Published on:

C-Diff Infection Alleged To Blame For Death Of Nursing Home Patient

Picture-418A recently filed wrongful death lawsuit claims that clostridium difficile, or commonly known as C. Diff, is to blame for the death of a patient in an Illinois Nursing Home.

The lawsuit alleges two short-term stays at Helia Healthcare facilities (Helia Healthcare of Energy and Helia Healthcare of Benton) are to responsible for the man’s C. Diff infection and development of decubitus ulcers.  It is further alleged that these medical complications contributed to the man’s death.

Despite the fact that the man had a prior episode of C. Diff, and was at an increased risk for return of the infection, the nursing homes failed to recognize tell-tale signs of the infection including:

  • Poor appetite
  • Poor fluid intake
  • Diarrhea

It wasn’t until the man had long been struggling with signs of the infection did the facility send him to the hospital for treatment.

C. Diff and Nursing Homes

C. Diff s a bacterial infection that can cause diarrhea and serious intestinal conditions (such as colitis – inflammation of the colon) and even death.  Though contracting C. Diff may be a relatively common occurrence (there are an estimated 3 million cases reported annually), C. Diff involving nursing home patients is especially problematic due to the fact that many elderly patients have compromised immune systems and are already in a weakened state.

C. Diff bacteria are are contagious and can be passed through the feces of an infected person and can spread to food, surfaces, and objects when infected patients and other nursing home staff do not wash their hands thoroughly.  Proper sanitation techniques such as thorough cleaning and hand washing is crucial in order to prevent the bacteria from getting spread to other patients.  Spores of C. Diff can survive for months unless facilities to a proper job sanitizing patient rooms and common areas such as bathrooms and cafeterias.

Related Nursing Homes Abuse Blog Entries:

Left Untreated, Stomach Aches Can Be Deadly For Elderly Nursing Home Patients

Failure To Monitor Bowel Movements In Nursing Home Patients Can Lead To Impacted Bowels

What is a surviving spouse entitled to in a wrongful death lawsuit against a nursing home?

Spotlight On: Helia Healthcare of Urbana

42 Illinois Nursing Homes Cited In 4th Quarter of 2009 For Violations Related To Patient Care

Client Reviews

  • Having worked in the medical field, I appreciated the way that Mr. Rosenfeld and his staff approached my family’s situation. The combination of medical knowledge and legal expertise was indeed the winning combination for our case.
    ★★★★★
  • While nothing can change the way our mother was treated at a nursing facility, I do feel a sense of vindication that the facility was forced to pay for their treatment. I am certain that they would never have done had my attorneys not held their feet to the fire.
    ★★★★★
  • I was very nervous about initiating a claim against my mother’s nursing facility, but Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers took care of everything from getting the medical records to going to court. I felt like I had real advocates on my side. That meant a lot to me.
    ★★★★★
  • After a horrific episode at a nursing home, my sister and I spoke to a number of law firms. No one took the time to answer our questions and explain the legal process like Mr. Rosenfeld. He did a tremendous job on our case and I can see why he’s earned the praise he has from clients and peers.
    ★★★★★
  • I liked the fact that I could call the office and ask questions about the legal process at anytime. I could tell that my case was in good hands. I think that this was reflected in my father’s settlement was more than I anticipated the case ever being worth.
    ★★★★★