Sepsis refers to a condition involving an infection in the blood, and a study published by the Journal of Critical Care finds that it frequently occurs in nursing home patients. Severe sepsis can lead to extreme cognitive and physical disabilities. Residents unable to care for themselves to prevent infections may not have the ability to report symptoms or seek help when they begin to feel worse. Sepsis can develop because of neglect or because caregivers working at the facility failed to quickly detect signs of an infection and provide the necessary care.
Nursing home residents suffer severe illness, complications, and even death as a result of the facility’s negligence to provide adequate care. If your loved one suffered sepsis while living in a Chicago nursing home, a sepsis attorney from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may help you take civil action on their behalf. Call the Chicago sepsis lawyers of Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now for a free case review.
Caregivers Can Prevent Potentially Life-Threatening Sepsis
Sepsis occurs when the body has an inappropriate response to an infection. When the body’s immune system identifies bacteria or another type of infection, it goes into action, releasing chemicals to fight the infection. When it releases too many of these chemicals, the person may become very ill. This condition requires immediate treatment and care to prevent complications and even death.
When sepsis advances to septic shock, the mortality rate hovers at about 40 percent, according to the Mayo Clinic. Many people who do survive septic shock develop impairments or have lasting concerns as a result. Potential impairments may include:
- Chronic pain.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Organ damage or failure.
- Damage to the fingers, toes, hands, feet, arms, or legs that may require amputation.
- Other serious, life-long medical concerns.
Sepsis can occur as a result of many types of infections. When a nursing home resident develops an infection, they need immediate care and support to treat the infection and prevent sepsis and septic shock. Mayo Clinic lists some infections that lead to hospitalization in nursing home residents:
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs).
- Wound infections, such as infected pressure sores.
All nursing homes should have an infection-control program in place, but if their staff fails to implement them, pressure sores and UTIs may develop because of neglect. When understaffing and overcrowding prevent residents from getting the care they need, you may have the right to hold them accountable for their dangerous shortcomings. The same problems may cause their symptoms to go unchecked for too long, developing into septic shock.
While sepsis can occur without neglect, it may signal that your loved one is not getting adequate care in their Chicago nursing home. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today and let us review their sepsis case for free.
Let Our Chicago Sepsis Lawyers Evaluate Your Loved One’s Case
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our Chicago sepsis attorneys know how to identify nursing home abuse and neglect cases. We can discuss the facts surrounding your loved one’s sepsis diagnosis and explain if we believe your family has a compelling case. We do not shy away from tough cases and can help you understand both the benefits and difficulties of your case and if we believe we can help.
Our attorneys handle every nursing home abuse case we take on based on contingency. Your family will not need to pay anything upfront, and there are no out-of-pocket costs. We receive our fee from the settlement we recover on your loved one’s behalf. If we cannot recover a settlement or award, we do not collect payment.
We only have a limited time to take civil action and file a lawsuit in a neglect case. Under the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure 735 ILCS 5/13-201, we have only two years from the date of discovery to file a lawsuit based on your loved one’s sepsis. These cases can take time to collect evidence and navigate the claims process.
For a free legal consultation with a Sepsis Lawyer serving Chicago, call (800) 794-0444
Recoverable Damages in a Chicago Nursing Home Neglect Sepsis Case
Your family should not have to pay out of pocket to ensure your loved one gets the care and support they need following a problem with abuse or neglect in their Chicago area nursing home. We firmly believe the defendant should pay these and all other damages related to the neglect your loved one suffered.
We may seek awards to cover documented expenses and losses related to your loved one’s diagnosis and care, including:
- Current and future medical bills related to sepsis.
- Additional ongoing care costs related to sepsis and any complications.
- Emotional counseling, if necessary.
- Relocation expenses, if necessary.
- Other out-of-pocket expenses related to their illness and treatment.
- Pain and suffering damages.
- Mental anguish.
- Wrongful death damages, if your loved one passed away as a result of sepsis.
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Consider a Chicago Sepsis Lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm
Let a member of the nursing home abuse team from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm review your case for free. We can offer you our opinion about whether we believe you have a civil case against the nursing home administration based on the circumstances of your loved one’s sepsis or septic shock.
If we believe neglect played a role in causing your loved one’s illness, we can explain their rights and the steps we can take to pursue justice and compensation on their behalf. You may hold the nursing home accountable and prevent this from happening to other seniors by pursuing a claim or civil lawsuit.
Call us now for your complimentary consultation.