Lawsuit Alleges Nursing Home Neglect Contributed to Patient’s Decubitus Ulcers

By Nursing Home Law Center

Nursing Home-Neglect Lawsuit

A former resident of the Virgil Calvert Nursing and Rehabilitation Center filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against the Illinois nursing home after she developed multiple decubitus ulcers during her admission. The Illinois nursing home lawsuit alleges that decubitus ulcers she developed during her admission resulted in severe pain, disability and extensive medical expenses related to their treatment.

Application of Illinois Law

The nursing home lawsuit alleges that the Virgil Calvert violated provisions of the Nursing Home Care Act, an Illinois law that was created to protect nursing home patients. The lawsuit also alleges that the facility failed to administer proper medication and provide the resident with necessary treatment to prevent the development of the decubitus ulcers.

Responsibility of Parent Company

In addition to suing the actual nursing home itself, the lawsuit also names the facilities parent company, SW Management Company. The lawsuit claims that SW Management was negligent when they failed to supervise and train their employees with respect to the prevention and treatment of decubitus ulcers. The suit similarly alleges that the management company was negligent when it failed to terminate nursing home employees who were repeatedly incompetent, careless and unable to follow the policies set forth by the facility.

Decubitus Ulcers in Nursing Homes

Decubitus ulcers are a common problem facing nursing home residents. Nursing homes have a duty to create and implement a care plan to address prevention of decubitus ulcers. Careful adherence by the entire nursing home staff is essential to proper skin care. For many nursing home residents, already in a weakened physical state, a small decubitus ulcer may quickly advance to a large wound in a matter of days if a facility fails to timely implement necessary medical treatment.

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