Medical complications among elderly patients are often the result of unnoticed, undiagnosed or untreated conditions and because they are preventable most of the time, it is unacceptable for nursing home patients to endure pain and suffering because of them. These complications can easily make a manageable injury or condition severe or life threatening and some patients have died from conditions that resulted from continual and long term neglect. The Chicago Injury Center represents patients and families throughout Illinois who have been subjected to these tragic experiences because nursing facilities chose profits over quality of care and proper staff training methods.
Common Types of Medical Complications
Under no circumstance should a patient go untreated or undiagnosed when suffering from an injury or medical condition. The number of cases involving nursing home neglect has been rising rapidly over the last ten years and the only way to reverse this trend is to expose poor practices and hold companies accountable for them. Common causes of serious medical complications include the following.
- Untreated bedsores. The ease with which a bedsore can be prevented or treated in early stages speaks to the level of neglect required to take place for a patient’s bedsores to progress to stage three or four, where the sores become open wounds that can be infected, increasing the risk of septic shock or the infection of vital organs.
- Drug interactions. Doctors often fail to collect or properly review medical histories and the medications that patients are taking in order to ensure that there will be no interactions between the medicines prescribed and those that the patient is already taking.
- Improper administration of medication. Giving patients the wrong doses of medicines or failing to follow instructions provided on how to administer it can cause severe reactions and complications that may be life threatening.
- Infections. Most infections are easily cured through the use of antibiotics but become serious quickly when left undiagnosed or untreated.
- Medical conditions. Every patient’s medical history and health concerns should be considered when creating a plan of care for each specific individual. Failure to take a patient’s current conditions into account when caring for him or her can exacerbate the condition and be the cause of complications that would otherwise not be present.
We expect nursing facilities to tend to the needs of our loved ones and to give them the attention and quality of care that they deserve and that we are paying for. Nursing care facilities and companies cannot continue to cut corners by reducing staff levels to inadequate levels, failing to provide proper training and not addressing the needs of every one of their patients. When neglect or negligence is the cause of injury or medical complications, the nursing facility must be held responsible.
If your loved one has been injured or suffered complications because of negligent or neglectful care, contact the Chicago Injury Center to schedule a free consultation with a nursing home abuse lawyer. We will gladly review the details of your case and explain your rights and legal options to you so that you know how best to proceed.