Dorsey knew her dad needed more specialized care when she found him sitting in his favorite peach recliner in his apartment, unable to get up and incontinent.
He required more intense medical and personal care as his kidney disease worsened and he became more confused, medical records show. In his last 18 months of life, he cycled in and out of hospitals eight times for treatment of septic bedsores and other infections, according to court records.
The Chicago law firm representing Dorsey, Levin & Perconti, provided KHN and the Tribune with medical records and additional court filings that cover Jackson's care.
Jackson had two pressure sores in late November 2012 when he was first admitted to Lakeview nursing center from the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, according to lawyers for his daughter.
These wounds healed, but in late September 2013, Jackson spiked a fever and had an infected sore in his lower back that exposed the bone, causing what Dorsey's lawyers called "significant pain."
The nursing home transferred Jackson to Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, where surgeons cut away the dead skin and administered antibiotics. At that time, the sore was as wide as a grapefruit and had "copious purulent drainage, foul smell and bleeding," Dorsey's lawyers argue. Tests confirmed sepsis, and the wound had grown so deep that it infected the sacral bone in his back, a condition known as osteomyelitis, the lawsuit said.
In November 2013, Dorsey moved her father to another nursing home. He required three more hospital visits before Dorsey made the difficult decision to place Jackson in hospice care. He died March 14, 2014, from "failure to thrive," according to a death certificate.
In her suit, Dorsey, 39, argues that Lakeview nursing staff knew Jackson was at "high risk" for bedsores because of his declining health. Yet the home failed to take steps to prevent the injuries, such as turning and repositioning him every two hours, according to the suit. That didn't happen about 140 times in August 2013 alone, Dorsey's lawyers said.
"My father was like my best friend. Most people go to their mom to talk and tell all their secrets, and for me it was my dad," Dorsey said in a November 2015 deposition.
While Lakeview declined to discuss Jackson's treatment, it has denied negligence and argued in court filings that its actions were not to blame for Jackson's death. Lockett, the home's administrator, said the facility "strictly follows" all regulations to minimize the effects of skin breakdowns that can occur naturally with age.
"We are grateful for the daily opportunity to enhance the lives of seniors and other chronically ill populations in our community," Lockett said in a statement.