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Can Sepsis Be a Sign of Nursing Home Neglect?

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When a nursing home resident is deprived of the level of attention that they need and deserve, they could be at risk of developing a number of serious conditions—including sepsis. This is an inflammatory response to an infection, which most often occurs when bacteria enters the body through an open wound, catheter or IV line. When left untreated, the patient may experience: high fevers, elevated heart rate, altered mental status, hyperventilation, low blood pressure or septic shock.

This can be particularly dangerous in elderly patients, as they may also struggle with a weakened immune system. For this reason, you should not ignore potential warning signs of neglect if you believe that your loved one has been mistreated while under the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility in West Palm Beach, FL.

There are certain questions that you should ask when determining whether or not a negligent nursing home staff is to blame for your loved one’s illness, including:

  • Is the facility regularly cleaned and/or disinfected?
  • Did the victim have wounds or bed sores that were not treated?
  • Is the nursing home severely understaffed?
  • Were the victim’s medical concerns routinely ignored?
  • Was the victim expected to wear the same clothes for days?
  • Are the linens (sheets, blankets, etc.) regularly cleaned?

If you or your loved one developed sepsis while under the care of a negligent nursing home facility, you should not hesitate to discuss your legal options with the West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. We will stop at nothing to secure the level of compensation that you deserve, so there is no reason why you should wait any longer to get started. Call our office today at (800) 690-7868 for a free consultation or fill out a free case evaluation form online.