As a suburb of Chicago, the city of Des Plaines Illinois is situated in Cook County along the Des Plaines River. With a landmass of just over 14 square miles, the heavily populated area is home to over 58,000 residents.
The Des Plaines economy is supported by a variety of employers including UOP, Rivers Casino, Holy Family Medical Center, Oakton Community College, Maine West High School District #207, Community Consolidated School District #62, Sysco Food Service and Hart, Shaffner & Marx – a men’s apparel company.
Many residents remain in the area during their retirement years because of the attractions and amenities throughout Chicagoland. Des Plaines residents and visitors enjoy local attractions including the Des Plaines Forest Preserve, Lake Opeka, McDonald’s Museum, Methodist Camp Ground and Rivers Casino.
Nursing Home Patients Can Develop Bedsores
Many retiring senior citizens in the Chicago area spend their final years in nursing facilities. However, the increasing demand for nursing home beds has made it challenging for facility administrators to hire enough competent medical staff to provide patients even the most minimal standard of care. As a result, many nursing home patients develop bedsores (decubitus ulcers; pressure ulcers; pressure sores) while staying at the facility.
Patients most susceptible to developing bedsores are those who are wheelchair-bound or bedridden and unable to reposition their body every few hours without help. When the patient does not receive adequate monitoring, the prolonged pressure of the body pressing against mattresses, beds, cushions and chairs restrict oxygenated blood flow to their skin. Within hours, red spots and fluid-filled blisters can appear, forming an early-stage pressure sore. Without proper treatment, the damaged skin and underlying tissue can quickly become infected, posing serious consequences that can affect the life of the patient.
Pressure sores tend to develop on bony prominences of the body including the buttocks, shoulder blades, hips, ankles, back of the head, heels and toes. Avoiding a developing bedsore is simple if the medical staff provides basic standards of care to the patient including turning their body every two hours or less and monitoring the condition of their skin from head to toe at least one time every day.
Des Plaines Personal Injury Attorneys
In many situations, family members have no other option than to place an elderly parent or grandparent in a nursing facility to receive proper medical care. Typically, the facility administrators will guarantee that the loved one will be provided necessary medical treatment and given nutritious meals along with proper hydration around-the-clock. Because the family had hoped their love one would be treated with respect and care, it is painful when they recognize that the patient has developed a pressure sore through the neglect of the medical staff at the nursing home.
Nearly every type of pressure sore is avoidable during its early stages. This means any sign of a facility-acquired bedsore that has developed to an advancing stage (stage III or stage IV) is usually an indicator of negligence of the medical facility. As a result, many family members who recognize their loved one is suffering a facility-acquired pressure sore will hire Des Plaines personal injury attorneys who specialize in nursing home neglect.
Chicago Injury Center
The online website of the Chicago Injury Center provides important information about developing bedsores. The site offers various legal solutions for holding the medical staff and nursing facility accountable for their neglect. The website provides instant access to Des Plaines personal injury attorneys who specialize in nursing home abuse claims.
Contact our legal team at to set up your initial consultation. Our lawyers can stop the abuse immediately and provide access to medical care. Their efforts will ensure your loved one heals properly from their facility-acquired wounds.