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Illinois man seeks judgment for poor nursing home care

A Madison County, Illinois, man has filed a lawsuit seeking a $350,000 judgment plus legal and other fees against Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as well as Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Aurora Cares and other defendants. The lawsuit against the organizations and individuals stems from the man's allegations that they violated the Illinois Nursing Home Act by failing to provide proper treatment for the man's ailing father.

According to court documents, between April and November of 2012, the man's father was a resident of Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. During his stay, the father began developing bed sores that were attributed to his limited mobility and incontinence. The son alleges that the employees at the center failed to treat the sores, thereby, causing his father to develop a stage IV pressure ulcer, which led to an infected coccyx. The man's complaint further states that his father developed other sores on his body while he was in the care of the facility.

Records also indicate that the father was transferred to Saint Anthony's Hospital on November 13, 2012 where he was reportedly diagnosed to have a decubitus ulcer along with a sepsis secondary to pneumonia and a urinary tract infection. He also suffered from dehydration, acute kidney disease and malnutrition. According to the complaint, as a result of the man's condition, he was forced to undergo a coccygectomy for the removal of his infected coccyx.

The Illinois Nursing Home Act provides for a reasonable standard of care for senior citizens. An experienced Chicago attorney may be able to help victims of nursing home neglect and their families receive financial compensation should they believe there has been nursing home abuse or negligence

Source: Record News, "Granite City nursing home blamed for causing man's severe infection" No author given, Mar. 31, 2014 

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