If your loved one died of an infection due to nursing home neglect, you may be able to claim wrongful death action and survivors’ action. This lawsuit holds the nursing home responsible for your loved one’s death and forces them to compensate the deceased person’s estate, in lieu of the deceased. Sepsis can be caused by nursing home neglect and is almost always treatable, which means that nursing homes have a duty to prevent and cure sepsis in their patients.
Sepsis, or septic shock, is an infection that often occurs in nursing homes due to neglect. If a nursing home resident remains in one position for a long time without movement, they can develop pressure ulcers, or bedsores, which may lead to infection and eventually turn into sepsis. Nursing homes have a responsibility to prevent pressure ulcers by helping their residents move around and reposition themselves.
Similarly, if a nursing home is careless with IVs, catheters, or other medical instruments, a patient can develop sepsis. Failing to clean either the instruments or the insertion site in the skin constitute nursing home neglect, as they can lead to life-threatening infections.
Additionally, nursing home residents with compromised immune systems should steer clear of people who are sick, which might include caregivers, other residents, and visitors to the nursing home. If a nursing home fails to protect its residents from the risk of infection, it could be liable for neglect.
Nursing homes have a legal duty to use reasonable care to prevent sepsis and other infections from developing in their patients. Facilities should prevent infection by fostering sanitary conditions, cleaning insertion sites and medical equipment, keeping their residents as active as possible, and keeping them away from germs.
If a nursing home fails to take these precautions, and a resident develops sepsis, then that facility may be liable for the consequences. This means that the nursing home may be responsible for medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and pain and suffering.
If your loved one died of sepsis at a nursing home or assisted living facility, and you are wondering if you have a claim, please feel free to call and speak to one of our experienced Georgia nursing home neglect lawyers today. Our consultations are always free. If you would like more information about this topic, be sure to click on our other videos, or better yet, click the subscribe button to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Thank you.