Chicago, IL Lawyers for Victims Who Have Contracted Sepsis in Nursing Homes

Malman Law is a Chicago personal injury law firm dedicated to helping victims of nursing home negligence and abuse fight for just compensation. One of the most common – and most dangerous – results of inattentive nursing home care is sepsis. If you or a loved one has contracted sepsis in a nursing home, our attorneys will fight to win the compensation you deserve.

Understanding Sepsis

Sepsis is a serious medical condition that results from a person’s immune response to an infection. When the body tries to fight an infection, it releases immune chemicals into the bloodstream. In sepsis patients, this response triggers widespread inflammation, which can then lead to blood clots, impaired blood flow, and organ damage. In severe cases, organs such as the kidneys, liver, and lungs can fail, leading to septic shock and, ultimately, death.

Anyone can suffer from sepsis. However, it is most common among people with weakened immune systems, including individuals age 65 and older. Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, and liver disease can also put elderly patients at increased risk for contracting sepsis.

National Statistics on Sepsis Amongst the Elderly

Sepsis is a serious concern for individuals living in nursing homes. Not only do nursing home residents have to worry about their medical condition contributing to an increased risk of sepsis, sadly, they also have to worry about nursing home negligence further increasing the risk as well. The inattentive care that pervades many nursing homes throughout Illinois often leaves residents – who come to these nursing homes for help – with conditions that can bring on sepsis and with little to no expert supervision when problems occur.

Fighting sepsis requires prompt, professional medical attention. Unfortunately, the reality is that many nursing homes are ill-equipped to diagnose and treat patients facing septic shock. This fact, coupled with the risk for other forms of negligent treatment in nursing homes, means that residents face some of the greatest risks for serious and fatal instances of sepsis nationwide. According to research:

  • It is estimated that 28 to 50 percent of all sepsis cases are fatal.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the sepsis mortality rate for individuals age 65 or older is nearly seven times the rate for younger patients.
  • The rate of sepsis cases in the United States is increasing, particularly among the elderly.
  • Low-rated nursing homes have a higher-than-average rate of hospitalization for sepsis, and according to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), many “hospitalizations could have been avoided through better nursing home care.”

The OIG has also publicly stated that inadequate staffing is the most significant factor leading to low ratings among nursing homes with high rates of sepsis hospitalization.

Identifying Possible Symptoms and Warning Signs of Sepsis

If you or a loved one is showing signs of sepsis, you should seek emergency medical attention. Sepsis can worsen quickly and lead to life-altering, and potentially fatal, consequences. The symptoms and warning signs of sepsis include:

  • Chills
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Increased heart rate

Since these symptoms are common among many medical conditions, particularly among the elderly, sepsis can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. However, nursing home staff should be trained to spot sepsis, and nursing home residents suffering from viral or bacterial infections should be monitored closely for signs of sepsis.

What to Do if You or a Loved One Suffered Sepsis in a Nursing Home

If you or a loved one has suffered from sepsis in a nursing home, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. The attorneys at Malman Law have decades of experience helping victims of nursing home negligence and abuse recover millions of dollars for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses. Numerous forms of negligent care can lead or contribute to sepsis, including:

  • Forced bed rest and lack of repositioning
  • Improperly cut or maintained intravenous lines
  • Inattentive care for patients with medical problems that makes it difficult to move, such as inflammation or arthritis
  • Lack of regular physical activity
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Wearing physical restraints
  • Wounds and fractures from falls
  • Wounds inflicted by abusive, negligent, or reckless nursing home staff

If you are concerned about the care that you or a loved one is receiving in a nursing home, Malman Law’s experienced attorneys, professional staff, and on-site nurse can help you evaluate your options and protect your legal rights.

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Our attorneys are available to speak with you about your case. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call the Chicago law offices of Malman Law 24/7 at (888) 625-6265 or send us an email now.