Main Office

30 N LaSalle St #3450, Chicago, IL 60602

Bed Sores from Nursing Home Neglect

Free Injury Legal Consultation. No Fee Until We Win. We’ll Even Come To You.

Results Matter

Chicago Bedsores Negligence Attorney

What if you discover bedsores on your loved one in a nursing home?

While bedsores – medically known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers – are quite common among individuals with very little activity, they can often indicate a serious case of neglect. As nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale famously wrote, “If a patient has a bedsore, it’s generally not the fault of the disease, but of the nursing.”

If bedsores are the case, it is worth looking closer into your senior loved one’s condition in the facility, especially since gross neglect constitutes 14 percent of nursing home complaints in the US. In Illinois alone, Adult Protective Services received a total of 6,679 reports of passive neglect just within 2017. The prevalence of elder neglect shows that families can’t be too cautious when entrusting their adult members to a senior living facility.

If you suspect that your family member has suffered from neglect in a nursing home, talk to us at Willens Injury Law Offices. We’ll help you find answers regarding the situation and take a strong legal approach to better protect and compensate your loved one.

When Bedsores Indicate Serious Neglect

Bedsores or pressure ulcers are portions of the skin that are damaged due to staying in one position for a long time. This condition is common among those who have to stay in bed, have to use a wheelchair, or have difficulty moving their body. The skin lesion can be painful, and if left untreated, it can lead to serious infections.

In nursing homes and assisted living facilities, it is the duty of caregivers to help residents avoid bedsores or to attend to any existing pressure sores right away. Sadly, too many elders develop pressure ulcers because the caregiving staff fall short in their duty, such as by:

Failing to change residents’ positions frequently.

Being inattentive to residents’ clothing and bedding, allowing friction and unhygienic moisture to damage the residents' skin.

Failing to properly nourish and hydrate residents, allowing their muscle mass and skin health to deteriorate.

These failures are classic examples of nursing home neglect. While caregivers or staff may not actively harm the residents, their inattention or willful disregard of their duties can be just as detrimental to an elder. This is why nursing facility neglect is also considered a form of elder abuse.

There are various types of neglect that occur in nursing facilities:

Neglect of basic needs
  • Failing to provide residents with the appropriate food, water, and clothing

Neglect of personal hygiene
  • Not providing the required assistance in activities such as bathing, brushing, and dressing
  • Not providing the required assistance in hygiene mishaps such as a resident wetting themselves
  • Allowing the residents’ clothes, beddings, rooms, and provisions to become unsanitary

Medical neglect
  • Failing to appropriately attend to the residents’ ongoing medical concerns such as regular medication and examinations
  • Disregarding residents’ health complaints
  • Disregarding residents’ medical history

Social or emotional neglect
  • Unreasonably or repeatedly ignoring residents who approach them
  • Overlooking a resident’s emotional complaints.

It’s distressing to know that many elders suffer health problems and even psychological effects from being neglected too long in a nursing facility. Illinois is especially familiar with these cases, with the state being found as one of the worst in the US in terms of nursing home care quality.

Signs Of Nursing Home Neglect

Bedsores are some of the most obvious indicators of elder neglect. Other symptoms to watch out for in your loved one include:

When you notice bedsores on your loved one, it is important not to dismiss it as a normal occurrence. Look for other signs of neglect. Don’t hesitate to seek medical attention or a professional’s help if your loved one’s wellbeing is at risk.

Nursing Home Infection, Cellulitis, And Sepsis: Did It Start From A Bedsore?

As unthinkable as it may be, numerous nursing homes neglect their residents to the point where the elders’ bedsores develop into more serious health conditions. In many cases, these conditions have proven fatal. Look out for these serious diseases that may start from a simple bedsore:

  • This is infection of the skin and connected soft tissues, caused by bacteria that enter through a crack in the skin. Common symptoms are redness, swelling, and pain, sometimes with fever. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the bloodstream and quickly become life-threatening.
  • Bone and joint infections. A pressure sore infection can spread further down and reach the joints or bones. This may result in septic arthritis (joint infection) or osteomyelitis (bone infection), either of which can be extremely painful and limit the movements of the patient.
  • Bacteremia (blood poisoning). Bacteremia is the medical term for the presence of bacteria in the blood. An infected bedsore is one way that bacteria can enter the bloodstream. Normally, a person’s immune system can fight bacteremia, but the condition can be deadly for vulnerable persons such as the elderly. When there is too much bacteria in the blood, immediate hospitalization is needed to prevent it from affecting vital organs.
  • This severe condition is the body-wide response to bacteremia or bacterial infection. The patient may have abnormally high or low temperature, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, and abnormally high or low white blood cells. Organs start to malfunction and there is an urgent risk of septic shock (life-threatening drop in blood pressure).
    Disturbingly, thousands of seniors in care facilities have this serious condition. A medical review found that each year, about 6,000 nursing home residents in Illinois have sepsis, and one in five of them don’t survive.
  • Cancer (Marjolin’s Ulcer). “Marjolin’s ulcer” is the term for a non-healing wound that turns malignant. This malignancy is rare but can quickly metastasize (spread) and become an aggressive type of cancer.
  • It may be hard to grasp that a simple bedsore can ultimately result in death, but this is not so rare. A medical study found that 60,000 people die of complications from pressure ulcers every year. Elders may be more vulnerable if they have compromised immune systems or are living in unhealthy environments.

Has your loved one suffered from such a disease while living in a nursing home? The emotional and financial impact of these conditions can be extremely difficult to bear. Apart from the pain and suffering of your loved one, your family also has to face medical bills, lifestyle changes, and emotional distress.

This is why many families decide to pursue lawsuits against neglectful nursing homes. The compensation from a successful nursing home claim can help a family them deal with the aftermath of the illness, allowing them to provide better care for their elderly loved one.

Do you believe that your loved one’s illness developed due to neglect? Get the help of an attorney who can thoroughly investigate the case, determine all responsible parties, and competently represent you if you decide to make a claim.

Reporting Nursing Home Abuse

If you suspect that your loved one or someone you know is a victim of neglect, then your actions can help prevent further harm. File a complaint to investigate the matter. Filing a claim against a nursing home is very straightforward. It usually leads to an investigation, and if the nursing home is found guilty, then penalties should result. If that nursing home neglect leads to further health complications, injuries, additional medical treatment, or even death, then you may claim compensation.

So how do you file a case?

Government agencies monitor and regulate nursing homes according to the Nursing Home Care Act. Nursing care facilities are evaluated on how they uphold patient rights, control infection, and implement employee procedures to ensure that no harm comes to patients.

If you want authorities to consider your complaint as much as possible, make sure you include the following information:

Some victims of nursing home abuse don’t report the incident for fear of reprisal. However, your identity won’t be disclosed if you file a complaint. It’s possible to file the complaint anonymously, but it would be challenging to monitor the progress of your case and find out the result.

What happens after you filed the complaint?

Once you finish filing, the facility will be subjected to inspection or survey. This review allows public health officials to check the details of your complaint. They will visit the facility, interview staff, and talk to other residents. Should the survey team find that the nursing home violated regulations, then they will be issued a notice of deficiency. Once they receive the notice of deficiency, the nursing home can do the following:

Submit their plan of correction detailing the steps the facility would take to address the incident and possibly prevent similar events from happening again. Usually, plans of correction would entail terminating or training staff.

Dispute the findings of the survey. If the nursing home can prove that the allegations were wrong or did not occur, then their notice of deficiency will be withdrawn. However, if the nursing home fails to disprove the allegations, then it will be penalized and even be at risk of closure.

The complaint process doesn’t result in immediately compensating the victim. Compensation is only possible if you issue a demand letter or start a lawsuit. Nonetheless, filing a complaint is key to substantiating your accusations against the facility. Your lawyer will play an essential role in obtaining interview notes and other documentation needed to strengthen your case. He or she can also you advise you on filing the paperwork necessary to have your case proceed smoothly.

Why You Should Consult A Lawyer

Taking legal action may sound like additional stress for your senior loved one and your family. However, it is best to at least talk to a compassionate attorney to learn how the law can work for you. Your loved one deserves protection from further harm, and may be entitled to compensation for the suffering they have experienced.

A negligent nursing home must also be held accountable so other residents no longer have to endure their unacceptable quality of care.

Related: Chicago Assisted Living Facility Accident Lawyer

You do not have to worry about unnecessary legal stress when you work with us at Willens Injury Law Offices. Illinois families trust our firm for our legal excellence, and beyond that, they feel comfortable working with us because of our considerate and professional treatment of clients.

Willens Injury Law Offices serves Chicago and surrounding communities. Nursing homes here include:

Start by just talking to us about your senior loved one’s nursing home conditions. Your initial consultation with Willens Injury Law Offices is absolutely free and confidential. Call us at (888) 445-1446 today.

Let us help with your case, Call Us 24/7: (312) 957-4166

Contact Us

Illinois Injury Law Firm Practice Areas

Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You Navigate Your Injury Case

Willen’s Injury Law Offices’ Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers have varied and extensive experience with personal injury law, from both sides of the aisle, is a true asset for their clients. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys not only have years of litigation and negotiation experience working for victims of accidents or negligence, but they also have Matthew L. Willens’ background as a former insurance company executive. 

Additionally, another accident lawyer at the firm, David Baez, spent the first part of his career as a defense attorney who represented insurance companies. As the firm’s clients sometimes say, “It’s like they know the other side’s playbook!”

Types of Damages Causes For Compensation


Twenty-five years of success in personal injury and medical malpractice cases.


Voted “Best of the Best” in personal injury and medical malpractice law, year after year.


No fees unless we win, plus we advance all costs.


Available to speak with you 24/7. Can’t come to us? We’ll come to you for your free consultation.


We are dedicated to obtaining the best possible resolution for our clients.

Client Reviews

Willens Injury Law Offices was highly recommended by a friend. Upon my initial consultation, David was very friendly yet profesional. He was able to get a favorable result, I will definitely recommend him to my family and friends. Thank you!
Lucia R.
19:41 08 Apr 21
When I got into my accident in 2018, I was 18, I was scared and I didn’t know what to do. David worked with me and made sure I was taken care of all the way to the end. He fought for my case and made sure I got the settlement I deserved. Definitely will be recommending the Willens office to my friends and family .Thank you!!!!
Emmalee R.
19:51 23 Nov 20
I 100% back this firm. I was in an accident that caused me some injury that needed medical attention. I reached out to Willens Law Offices to assist since I noticed a large amount of overwhelmingly positive reviews. Believe all the positive ones!!This firm is very professional and helpful from the beginning to end. They look out for their clients, and do their best to achieve 100% client satisfaction. If you consult with them to help, you will not be unhappy at the end.I want to give a huge shoutout to David Baez who assisted my throughout the entire case. I highly recommend him and this firm.Please note, if you utilize them and don't hear back a lot during the case, don't be alarmed. They will reach out to you when the time is right. They are not neglecting you, they are working hard day in and day out to resolve your case.1 Million % recommended!!!!!
Michael R.
18:42 13 Jun 20
It's been over a year since I was involved in my car accident - everyone knows that is a very stressful time for the injured party. I considered going through the whole process on my own but I quickly realized the insurance company was NOT my friend. I reached out to Willens Law Offices, met Matt and the attorney that would be handling my claim, David Baez. David was excellent, I'm big on communication and anytime I texted David; sometimes ad nauseam, he would always respond quickly and professionally. I had a ton of questions, and David answered everyone of them to my satisfaction. I could not have asked for a better attorney to fight for me, I have extremely high expectations and they were exceeded consistently.
Edmond P.
15:33 28 Apr 20
Reliable, efficient, & informative. Personable yet professional, Willens office took care of my every last need & then some!!
Kyle M.
15:35 10 Apr 20
I got into a car accident a couple years back, I didn’t know what to do so I researched on Google then found Willens law office. At the time it was new to me but after they help me out, guided me, let me in the right path and I haven’t been happy here ever since because justice was served! Thank you Willens coming from the Herrera family
Jose H.
18:38 03 Apr 20
I had an accident injuries and based on google reviews I reached out to Willens Law Offices in Chicago. David Baez helped me with my case. He came to meet us and understood our case in detail and he guided me all the steps of the process. I had advices from friends that you are unnecessarily going after the process and nothing will happen. David made everything worthwhile and he gave right advice always which was right for my health and right for the case. He worked very hard on my case for 2 years collecting all the paperwork, talking to physicians and taking care of my case and making it in my favor. I was truly blessed by having David Baez handling my case who was extremely professional, great ethics and felt as my family with him. After the injuries and pain I was afraid to select one but my God made me select the right one. If anyone feel they need accident injuries lawyer then I will only recommend David Baez. Nobody will beat his hard work, professionalisms, ethics and perseverance and yet down to earth and honest. Thank you for everything you have done for me and blessings from my heart for his success.
Mamta S.
14:25 06 Mar 20
David A. Baez at Willens Law office has been fantastic to work with. Very professional, informative and responsive to all questions. Hopefully I don't get into another car accident but if so I will call the Willens Law Offices asap.
steve B.
17:33 10 Dec 19
The initial impressions I had of this place turned out to be false, and I am thankful that I am pursuing the case with Mr. Willens. He is pretty incredible at what he does.
Donald B.
08:05 27 Nov 19
I can only say good things about Mr. Willens. He was fantastic, Aside from his awesome expertise, he is very down to earth and make you feel like family! HE TRULY CARES! Always eager to help and make himself available at every point of time. Thank you Matt again for everything!
Arthur L.
10:27 25 Nov 19
Truly passionate about their clients. Professional and easy to work with.
Peter W.
11:01 22 Nov 19
I came across Willens Law Offices after searching endlessly for a law firm to represent me in my personal injury case. I was well accommodated and he made me feel at ease, you truly feel like he will go the extra mile for you from the moment you hand the case over to him until the very end. I highly recommend this firm to anyone looking for representation!
Edna S.
10:05 20 Nov 19
If I ever find myself needing another law firm I will not hesitate for a second to contact him!
Micheal E.
10:12 18 Nov 19
I was involved in a car accident and was having trouble getting compensated for the amount I felt I should get. I contacted Willens Law Offices through a referral, worked with David Baez and had a very good experience. They helped educate me on the process along with helping me get what I deserved. I would HIGHLY recommend contacting them if you are involved in an accident.
mohsin M.
19:38 15 Nov 19
His staff was always so nice and friendly and responded promptly if I ever had any questions. I'm very thankful to come across them and will highly recommend them!
Rodrick M.
10:04 15 Nov 19
I'm sending a special thanks to Matt for working patiently and closely with me regarding the status of my case till the end. I can't recommend him highly enough.
Randy D.
14:08 13 Nov 19
Throughout the process of the case, he did an exceptional job. The entire process was extremely smooth and the staff kept me up to date on the status of my case. I give him 5 stars as he is the best legal attorney there is in the greater Illinois area. He truly deserve it.
Regina B.
15:40 11 Nov 19
I just want to thank Mr. Willens for being extremely reliable and diligent. He was able to adequately answer all my questions and concerns. He settled my case rather quickly. I will definitely recommend him to friends and family.
Bernadette F.
15:43 08 Nov 19
I was involved in a bad accident with multiple cars and I was in a terrible shape. Matt Willens handled my case exceptionally. Everyone that helped was also great! he was detailed and clear in all our communication and he always made sure I was aware of everything that was going on throughout my whole case. Really helped me get through a rough time. I am 100% satisfied with the outcome of my case. If you need a good lawyer on your side, look no further!
Laura W.
14:49 06 Nov 19
Willens Law Office handled my accident and they were incredible! Matt drove all the way to see me and I could see he really cared. He handled my injury case from start to finish and I’m now rebuilding the part of my life that I lost. Thanks for your help.
Todd Z.
05:55 11 Oct 19
I was involved in an accident back in last year and was searching for an attorney who looked like I can trust. I found Matt Willens and I am thankful. I called him up just to get a feel for him as a person and I could tell right away that he truly cared, not only about me but my family too. To say that he fought for us would be an understatement. He was ready to go to trial! Luckily we settled and it was for more money than I imagined, especially after my initial talk with the insurance company. Thanks Matt!
Paula D.
13:14 10 Oct 19
Matt Willens went above and beyond for my case. I felt as though he cared more about me and my situation than he did himself and the time that he was required to spend on my case. I highly recommend using him.
Marci P.
13:24 03 Sep 19
It was great to work with this firm. They handled every piece of paperwork. David Baez handled my case. He kept me informed through the whole process and treated me like family. I highly recommend David and the entire firm.
John C.
14:42 16 Aug 19
Willens Law is a firm I trust in because they specialize in personal injury matters. I have had a wonderful experience with Matt WIllens personally and I can say he is pleasant to work with and communicates thoroughly with his clients. I would recommend Willens Law.
Grant V.
05:28 19 Jul 19
I’m rarely compelled to leave a review for anyone but I felt I needed to show my gratitude.From the first time I spoke with Matt Willens on the phone I actually felt like he was there for me, looking after my best interests and not his own. That’s rare in my experience.Matt is an absolute pro and I wouldn’t think to call or recommend anyone else if I or a loved one were injured in the future. Thanks Matt!
Kyle W.
04:16 19 Jul 19
When I first contacted Willens law office, I just wanted to make sure everyone was paid after I was rear ended and I wasn’t the one doing it. My correspondence was primarily with David, he was always patient when I was slow to get him information and ended up calling me with great news after almost a year of back and forth with the at-fault insurance company.I can’t thank David and the Willens law office enough.
Amanda H
18:36 14 Jun 19
Willens Law Office is GREAT! David handled my case. He made me feel like family. He explained everything in detail every step of the way. He fought to get the results that would best benefit me. David is a great attorney. Thanks David and the Willens Law Office family.
Michael S.
17:53 31 May 19
Willens Law came highly recommended after I was badly injured when hit by an out of control car. I in turn most highly recommend Willens Law based on my great experience over the past year and a half.I am very pleased with both the outcome of my case as well as the experience working with Matt Willens and David Baez throughout the process.I had no specific expectation regarding a case outcome, seeking only ‘the best outcome possible.’ I certainly believe my case outcome was a great outcome. And I strongly believe that outcome was a direct result of fantastic work done by Matt and David.From beginning to end Matt and David were great to work with. They did a great job setting expectations; explaining what was to happen, including the why and the how; guiding me through the steps I needed to take; and answering both my “need to know” and “just curious” questions. They were always extremely prompt and clear in their guidance and responses to me.A silver lining in a tough situation was working with Matt and David, both of whom I came to respect professionally and like personally. I do most highly recommend Willens Law to others who may need such services.
18:55 22 May 19
Willens Law Offices is simply the best!!! David handle my case , and was nothing but professional! He is the best at what he do!!!!!Every step of the way, I was informed of my case!!!Thanks again!!
cassandra J.
17:55 26 Mar 19
Great team, did me right, pleasurable experience.
Robert P.
03:34 21 Feb 19
David Baez was prompt and professional in answering all of my questions.
Richard D.
00:19 07 Feb 19
David Baez was very professional, helpful and always kept me informed about my case. David responded quickly to any questions I may of had. I highly recommend Willens Law Offices for any personal injury case. Thanks again David for all the great work you did.
21:39 06 Nov 18
After being in an Uber accident about a year ago, I reached out to Willens Law to assist me through the settlement process. I had the pleasure of working with David Baez. From the start he was very personable and professional. He was always willing to educate me on the process and made sure I understood each step before going forward. Even after receiving my settlement, David has been willing to assist with any questions related to my case. I would highly recommend Willens Law.
Madelyn D.
02:47 05 Oct 18
I reached out to Willens Law Offices following a car accident that my girlfriend and I were involved in, and we met with David Baez for an in-person consultation shortly after. David was very personable and knowledgeable, and gave us confidence and peace of mind in a situation where we felt initially felt completely overwhelmed. There were times when we felt the communication could have been more proactive, but David was always responsive when we felt the need to check-in, even if there were no significant updates on our case. The process took a little longer than anticipated, but David was honest, thorough, and professional throughout.Overall, great experience and I'd recommend to anyone in need. Thank you David!
Geoff B.
20:44 17 Sep 18
After I was injured, and after researching Chicago's best law firms, I found Willens Law and read their reviews. After meeting Matt, I retained their services, along with the special efforts of his Partner, David Baez.They handled my case in a professional, efficient manner, while keeping me regularly informed. We worked incredibly well together, and won a very nice settlement. You would be foolish not to consider Willens Law for your Counsel, as I did. I highly recommend them!Ed Dybas
Ed D.
21:26 07 Sep 18
We had a very positive experience and felt their representation was very effective.
Kent M.
22:43 29 Aug 18
Working with Willens Law was a pleasure. They were responsive and extremely pleasant whenever I had questions or concerns. In my case, I personally took a little longer than I should have to start the process on my end, but David was able to pickup on my delay and process my personal injury case in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Willens Law and David when looking for an attorney to represent you in a case.
Maggie O.
14:07 23 Jul 18
I had a tremendous experience with this law firm, and I would highly recommend them. I had a bicycle injury caused by a negligent Uber car, and when I was first doing research and calling law firms all over the Chicago area to find representation, Matt Willens himself returned my call personally within ten minutes. I found that to be a huge integrity move as every other firm I contacted had a lower level employee call me back. Nothing wrong with that per se, but to have the lawyer whose name is on the door personally return my call meant a hell of a lot to me and was ultimately why I decided to meet with them first.I made an appointment and met Mr. Willens and the fantastic young attorney David Baez in their offices and they were wonderful to deal with. They are down-to-earth, funny, intelligent, tenacious, capable, experienced lawyers who explained the entire process to me in a way I could understand and made me feel comfortable and confident, and we were off and running with my case.I work in a law firm and I know exactly how slowly the wheels of justice turn, and my case was settled in about half the time that these things normally take! Amazing results. Mr. Baez and his team were incredible throughout and kept me informed every step of the way, and negotiated a higher settlement number and a lower fee for the insurance company in the eleventh hour which meant more money in my pocket!! I wholeheartedly recommend this law firm for your personal injury case. They are highly skilled and I couldn't be happier. This organization is fantastic and they will produce results for you.
15:01 05 Jun 18
Matt has been there for us every step of the way. He, personally, has taken the time to answer all of our questions. We never feel like we are bothering him or pestering him. We have only experienced patience and professionalism from both Matt and his team.
Maribeth C.
15:45 03 May 18
David was very good at keeping me up to date with what was going on and helping with every step throughout the entire process. I could not have asked for better representation.
Jennifer B.
21:14 24 Apr 18
David Baez was an excellent representation of the Willens Law Office. He achieved my desired result along with keeping me updated during the entire process. Very fortunate to have him by my side - thank you David.
keith B.
19:29 20 Apr 18
Matt is an impressive attorney and person! Took on State Farm and won for me. Highly recommend Matt for PI cases.
Danielle B.
22:47 10 Apr 18
This Law firm has been very prompt and kind in dealing with my case. I would recommend this law firm to anyone who needs injury lawyers.
F Z.
22:45 10 Apr 18
I used Willens Law for a personal injury claim. Matt was knowledgeable and professional. He also responded quickly which I really appreciated. I would definitely recommend.
Robyn R.
21:44 29 Mar 18
After a bad auto accident, and months of rehab, Matt Willens and his staff worked with me as though they were part of my family. They were professional, courteous and looking out for my best interest during the entire legal process. I would highly recommend Willens Law Offices for any personal injury.
dan B.
19:27 25 Mar 18

What Types of Cases Can Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?

Injured in an Accident? Give Us a Call Today: (312)-957-4166

Do I Really Need a Personal Injury Attorney to Handle My Case?

You are not legally required to have a personal injury attorney to handle your injury claim. You could file all the necessary paperwork yourself and represent yourself in court. However, your chances of winning your case and getting the compensation you deserve are much higher if you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Why You Shouldn't Settle Directly With An Insurance Company

Insurance providers will try to get you to settle quickly. In the midst of your crisis, they might offer you what seems like a large dollar amount. The problem is they rarely make an offer of settlement for the true full cost of your damages. Don’t be misled, hospital bills aren’t the only things for which you will need compensation. You also need to keep in mind the suffering and pain associated with your traumatic event. 

Personal Injury Resources

Illinois Personal Injury FAQs

The Chicago personal injury lawyers of Willens Injury Law Offices respond to frequently asked questions related to personal injury, car accidents, medical malpractice, and workers’

Read More »
Call Now ButtonCall Us 24/7
Font Resize

Free Case Evaluation