Broken Bones at Oregon Nursing Homes: Important Warning Signs from Our Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
It is not an easy decision to put a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility. While most nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and other assisted living facilities do a good job at protecting residents, unfortunately far too many facilities fail. This could be due to Oregon medical malpractice and nursing home malpractice from improper or substandard care. Or this could be from physical abuse or neglect on residents. Broken bones are one of the largest warning signs of substandard care or abuse and neglect at nursing homes. Our Portland nursing home abuse lawyers explain why broken bones at Oregon nursing homes are such as warning sign to protect the rights of your loved ones.
Broken Bones in Oregon Nursing Homes
There are two common causes of broken bones in nursing homes. The first is due to medical errors and treatment. The second is due to nursing home abuse and neglect, which could occur to one in ten residents. Both are usually due to some form of negligence, although unavoidable accidents could be an unexpected cause. However, even unavoidable accidents could actually be the result of negligence and therefore the injuries could have been avoided.
For instance, a nursing home resident that trips and falls could suffer a broken bone. This could appear to have been unavoidable if the resident instantly trips and falls on flat ground. However, that broken bone could really have been caused by a nursing home failing to monitor residents who are high risks for falls or who have wandering issues. This means that a nursing home may have been able to prevent this injury by ensuring the resident is in bed or closely monitored, rather than to allow a resident to wander.
Nursing Home Negligence Causing Broken Bones
To that extent, even a broken bone that looks like the resident’s fault could be due to Oregon nursing home malpractice. Some of the most common instances of nursing home malpractice include the following:
- Failure to supervise
- Inadequate staffing
- Failure to use wheelchair breaks
- Negligently helping residents in and out of bathrooms, showers, or our of chairs or beds
- Failing to identify a resident as a fall risk
- Improper protections for residents deemed a fall risk
- Improper cleaning of the floors or hallways
- Negligent construction of stairs or ramps, or other flooring, and
- Other common causes.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Causing Broken Bones
In addition to improper care, nursing home abuse and neglect can also cause broken bones at Oregon nursing homes. Some of the most common causes of Oregon nursing home abuse and neglect resulting in broken bones and elder abuse include the following:
- Physical abuse
- Negligent hiring of problem staff
- Inadequate staffing
- Inadequate supervision and leadership in nursing homes
- Neglect of residents who need to get up themselves to go to the bathroom
- Neglecting residents in bathtubs
- Grabbing and yanking on residents
- Pushing residents down, and
- Other common instances of abuse or neglect.
Did a Loved One Suffer a Broken Bone in an Oregon Nursing Home? Call us Today
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect contact the Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles, St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Nursing Home Abuse cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.