Southern Illinois Nursing Home Sued For Resident’s Decubitus Ulcers

Decubitus Ulcers LawsuitA lawsuit was recently filed against the Virgil Calvert Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by a former resident.  The lawsuit alleges the Illinois Nursing Home‘s neglect caused decubitus ulcers to develop a formers resident’s body.  The female resident claims the ulcers have caused her to suffer severe pain, disability and extensive medical expenses related to their treatment.  Multiple violations of the Nursing Home Care Act, including failing to administer proper medication and providing the resident with necessary treatment to prevent the development of the decubitus ulcers are alleged

The lawsuit also names SW Management Company, the parent company of the nursing home. According to the lawsuit, SW Management Company was negligent because they failed to operate the home in a way that provided the plaintiff with adequate care.   Specifically, SW failed to properly supervise its staff and failed to terminate employees who were known to be careless, incompetent and unable to comply with the home’s policies, the suit states.

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 nurisng home residents, already in a weakened physical state, a small decubitus ulcer may quickly advance to a large wound in a matter of days.

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