Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys Serving DuPage County, Kane County and Cook County
At Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, our compassionate attorneys are experienced in protecting the rights of patients who have been neglected or abused while in a nursing home. Those who require nursing home care are generally among the most vulnerable members of our communities, and there is no excuse for substandard care.
Bed sores are common problems for seniors, as well as for others who have trouble moving or changing positions without help. When bed sores develop on the body of a nursing home patient, however, it is often a sign that the patient is not getting the care that he or she requires.
Skilled Illinois Attorneys for Decubitus Ulcers
Also called pressure injuries or decubitus ulcers, bed sores can develop when a particular part of the body is subject to friction or pressure for long periods. Patients who require nursing home care often spend a great deal of time lying in bed or sitting in a chair. The pressure caused by sitting can restrict the flow of blood to the affected area, which can cause wounds to develop. Bed sores are commonly found on a patient’s:
- Sacrum (Tailbone);
- Back of the head; and
- Shoulder blades.
When left untreated, bed sores can quickly become infected. In severe cases, life-threatening conditions can develop.
Skilled Counsel in Kane County for Nursing Home Abuse
At Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, we know that with proper care and attention, bed sores are usually preventable. Proper care includes regular position adjustments and changing soiled bedsheets and pillowcases. The appearance of bed sores may be an indicator that the nursing home staff is not monitoring or caring for patients properly. If one patient in a given facility has bed sores, others may have them as well, as nursing home neglect is often a problem throughout the home.
If you suspect that your loved one has developed bed sores due to a lack of care in a nursing home, you can count on our firm to help you. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the facility to find any information that could be useful in your case. Our team will guide you in documenting your loved one’s injuries and obtaining medical records so that those responsible can be held liable for their actions.
Helping Victims Seek Compensation
Nursing home neglect and abuse cases can generate large settlements and verdicts for victims and their families. Such awards are intended not only to compensate victims but also to encourage nursing homes across the state and around the country to improve their standards of care. Our team is proud to be a part of the effort to hold nursing homes accountable when they fail their patients.
If your loved one is in a nursing home and is suffering from bed sores, contact our office. Call 630-462-1980 to discuss your available options in a free, no-obligation consultation. Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered serves nursing home residents and their families in Wheaton, DuPage County, Kane County, Cook County, Will County, and throughout northern Illinois.