The family of a man with a spina bifida has filed a lawsuit against Tower Hill Healthcare Center, alleging the facilities neglect resulted in the man’s physical injury and deterioration since he was admitted to the facility.
According to the lawsuit, the man was admitted to Sherman Hospital (a Chicagoland hospital) on July 5, 2008 for an elevated body temperature. However, when staff at the hospital examined the man they noticed other problems such as: poor oral hygiene, bed sores (also referred to as: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) covered with feces and an exploded colostomy bag.
Calling in regulatory agencies
Consequently, the hospital staff reported the suspected mistreatment to the Illinois Department of Health to investigate further.
The man died on July 31, 2008 due to a staph infection and pneumonia. This nursing home negligence lawsuit is pending in Kane County, Illinois. Read more about this Illinois Nursing Home Lawsuit against Tower Hill Healthcare Center here.