Illinois residents who learn of a death at a nursing home due to substandard care are usually in shock from the news. This is because people expect nursing homes’ staff to properly care for long-term patients. In another state, a woman has filed a lawsuit against a nursing home claiming nursing negligence after her mother’s unexpected death.
In 2014, the patient was admitted to a hospital after she fell at home. A week later, she was transferred to a nursing home for what was supposed to be a temporary stay. She had been under the facility’s care for approximately a week when it was discovered that she had developed sepsis. She suffered a cardiac arrest and died shortly after being taken to a hospital.
According to the lawsuit filed by her daughter, the staff was negligent in maintaining accurate records of her mother’s treatment. In addition, the woman believes that her mother suffered from negligence while under the facility’s care. The nursing home was previously sued in 2010 for misconduct and was forced to pay over $60 million in a settlement.
It is mortifying for family members to discover that their loved one died due to nursing negligence. Regrettably, a number of patient deaths are caused by poor care and inadequate staff levels every year. Families of victims who died due to negligence while under the care of nursing homes retain the right to file wrongful death claims against the facilities. When families have doubts about their rights, experienced personal injury attorneys in Illinois can help them explore their legal options.
Source: fresnobee.com, “Fresno activist sues Clovis nursing home over mother’s death”, Pablo Lopez, March 10, 2015