Earlier this month on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, we had mentioned that a lawsuit was recently filed against a nursing home in Cook County for allegedly failing to notice that one of its residents had maggots living in her ear.
The elderly woman, who suffers from dementia, had lived at the Arlington Heights nursing home for two years before the horrible incident occurred. During this time, the woman's husband spent thousands of dollars each month for his wife's care at the facility, which was expected to be top-notch.
The woman's family claims that the nursing home's poor care and negligence led to the maggot infestation in the patient's ear. As a result of the infestation, the woman is now suffering from additional health problems that don't seem to be getting any better. If the woman's condition does not improve, she could die.
According to reports, the nursing home patient has been suffering from infections since the maggot infestation was discovered. In September, it was discovered that 57 maggots had been living in the woman's ear. Even after being treated for "wax build up," the maggots went unnoticed for at least two days by nursing home staff. The maggots were removed, but ever since then the woman has been battling infections.
Last week, it was reported that the elderly woman was being hospitalized again for an MRSA infection. These hospitalizations are adding up for the family, and they hope to recover compensation for the additional expenses once their lawsuit is resolved. They also hope that their loved one will survive the health problems that have been caused by the maggot infestation.
The nursing home patient's family is seeking at least $50,000 in damages for emotional distress. Because the patient's family is still incurring medical expenses, the amount the family is seeking in economic damages has not yet been determined.
Source: PalatinePatch, "Nursing home patient battles MRSA infection after maggot infestation," Rachel Glaser, Dec. 12, 2012
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