December 10, 2012
A nursing home patient’s family has filed a lawsuit for nursing home abuse in Arlington Heights, Illinois after finding maggots growing in her ear.
According to reports, 90-year-old Alzheimer’s patient, Catherine Mccann, was taken to the hospital after a nurse at Lutheran Home found close to 57 maggots growing in her ear. Shortly after the hospital removed the larvae from the patient’s ear, the family filed a lawsuit at the Cook County Court for nursing home abuse and neglect.
This is the second time the family has filed a lawsuit for nursing home abuse and neglect. The first time, however, their suit was filed against the Department of Public Health, but according to spokesperson Melaney Arnold, no evidence was found. Yet, this time, the suit is against the nursing home itself, and the family is seeking $50,000 in damages.
According to the family’s nursing home abuse lawyer, the maggots remained in Mccann’s ear for at least three days before anyone took action. She’s been transferred to a different facility where is predicted to heal from the incident. However, the family is still upset over the nursing home abuse and neglect and claims that that staff at the nursing failed to provide the standard of care that they are legally mandated to maintain.