As the state capital of Illinois, Springfield is a small city with a population of nearly 120,000 residents within the city limits and another nearly 90,000 residents in the Springfield Metropolitan area. Once the home of Abraham Lincoln (1837 – 1861) the town has many major tourist attractions associated with the 16th President of the United States. Springfield also serves as Sangamon County’s county seat.
Located in central Illinois, Springfield is much closer to St. Louis, Missouri than to Chicago. With the man-made Lake Springfield reservoir and beautiful designated neighborhoods, the city has long been a welcome retreat for many out-of-town visitors enjoying its numerous amenities including the Old Capital Art Fair, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum along with the Dana-Thomas house (a Frank Lloyd Wright home).
In addition to the state of Illinois being the largest employer in the community with nearly 18,000 employees, St. John’s Hospital and Memorial Medical Center also employ nearly 9000 medical professionals combined. In addition, the Kindred Healthcare acute-care hospital serves the Springfield area, as does the Prairie Hard Institute, a cardiovascular facility within St. John’s Hospital.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
Like any thriving community, Springfield Illinois is home to many nursing facility patients requiring long-term care. As more individuals come into their retirement years, there has been a significant demand for nursing home beds. As a result, many nursing facilities have scrambled to hire a limited number of additional medical professionals including doctors, nurses and nurse’s aides to take care of the increasing number of patients.
Unfortunately, many nursing homes lack adequate staffing or hire caregivers who lack proper training in monitoring the patients’ needs and providing quality care. This is especially harmful to the elderly, disabled and ill that are unable to reposition their bodies without assistance. Without the ability to move about, the patient can easily develop a bedsore, where the skin is damaged or killed, creating a life-threatening wound. When family members become aware that their loved one is suffering a nursing facility-acquired bedsore, hiring a personal injury attorney to stop the abuse is usually their only option.
Bedsores develop when constant pressure is applied to the patient’s skin. The pressure reduces the flow of blood to a specific area, depriving it of oxygen and nutrients. Without proper treatment, a small developing sore can advance to a decubitus ulcer, where an open develops exposing muscle and bone. Without immediate medical attention, the open can become infected with sepsis (blood infection) or osteomyelitis (bone infection).
Advanced Medical Attention
Springfield personal injury attorneys who specialize in nursing home neglect and abuse cases can bring in professionals to the nursing home to provide advanced medical attention. Effective treatment for bedsores can be applied to the patient in their own nursing home bed. Through a debridement procedure, the medical professionals can cut away dead tissue to allow the wound to heal. Lives of many patients can be saved when advanced medical treatment is provided immediately.
The Chicago Injury Center
The Chicago Injury Center website provides information to contact reputable Springfield personal injury attorneys who can stop the abuse immediately. The lawyers can file a claim or lawsuit to hold neglectful medical professionals accountable for their careless actions. In addition, the claim will demand financial recompense to pay for effective medical attention and help the family recoup medical expenses while being compensated for the victim’s pain and suffering.
Schedule a free initial consultation with the skilled personal injury attorney through the Chicago Injury Center at . The attorneys accept cases on contingency so no upfront fees are required.