Why Wandering and Elopement is Dangerous: Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Explains

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Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Explains Why Wandering and Elopement is Dangerous

Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation centers do more than just provide care and treatment to residents.  They also provide supervision and a safe environment to live in.  This includes ensuring that residents are supervised to avoid suffering avoidable injuries.  Such injuries could injury falling, which is a very common source of injury for elderly individuals.  One way to prevent falling is to ensure that residents are not aimless wandering around.  Another way is to ensure that residents to not elope and go where they are not supposed to.  This is just part of properly supervising residents in a nursing homes, and it is nothing herculean or unheard of but rather a routine function of this type of facility.  However, our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyer knows that far too many nursing homes fail at guarding against wandering and elopement by not providing this type of supervision.

When a nursing homes fails to provide the required level of supervision required to prevent wandering and elopement, it could result in serious personal injuries to a resident.  Injuries from falls can result in catastrophic disability and wrongful death.  According to the CDC, statistics reveal that falls account for 48% of all emergency department visits for traumatic brain injuries—including 81% of all emergency department visits for adults aged 65 and older.  This is a massive number which is frightening that more than 4 out of 5 hospital ER visits are due to falls.  This is why nursing homes must properly care for their residents.

Why Wandering and Elopement is Dangerous

Wandering and elopement is dangerous because it increases the amount of chances for a person to trip and fall.  Think of it like driving a motor vehicle; the longer and further you drive each day, the more risk of an accident you have.  The same is true for walking.  Moreover, elderly residents in nursing homes may have several co-morbidities and conditions that could increase the risks of walking.  This includes vision problems, medications that could make them unstable, legs injuries, back injuries, dementia or other cognitive disability, dizziness, and other conditions due to aging or injuries.

Wandering and elopement can also result in very serious personal injuries if a resident falls.  Other times residents could put themselves in dangerous situations, including walking into traffic at night, drowning, or getting lost outside and succumbing to exposure.  Residents who wander and elope could cause serious or significant injuries in a fall, including the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocations or separations, particularly of the hip or shoulder
  • Significant lacerations
  • Organ injuries
  • Infections or sepsis
  • Torn muscles, tendons, or ligaments, including in the knee, shoulder, or hip
  • Injuries to eyesight 
  • Burn injuries, and
  • Other serious or catastrophic personal injuries.

Ask Our Personal Injury Lawyer for Help if a Loved One Was Injured in a Fall

Wandering and elopement is a type of conduct that a family may not know about without an investigation.  This is because the nursing home will likely try to cover themselves by saying that the resident fell when getting out of bed, the shower, or during some other common and every day experience.  But you need to conduct an investigation because the client could have been wandering or eloped and was found injured somewhere else or where the resident was not supposed to be.  This means that residents may have sustained unnecessary fall injuries which a nursing home may try to claim—or lie—and say it was due to normal activities.

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. 

What are Bedrail Injuries? Portland Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyers

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Important Information from our Portland Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyers: What are Bedrail Injuries?

Bedrail injuries can be very serious and even deadly.  However, most people probably have never heard of bedrail injuries.  In fact, most people probably have never even considered it before.  But most people have used bedrails for children or even have been in bedrails as a child or in a hospital during a transport.  Bedrails can be an important part of safety.  However, bedrails can also be very dangerous.  This is particularly true in nursing homes.  Victims who are injured in bedrail accidents could suffer catastrophic head injuries or spinal cord injuries.  Therefore, understanding what are bedrail injuries is the first step to protecting the rights of a loved one.

Our Portland nursing home malpractice lawyers want you to know what are bedrail injuries and how they could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice and nursing home abuse and neglect.  This is a very serious and devastating type of personal injury that a resident could sustain.  Especially at a nursing home, assisted living facility, or rehabilitation center where residents are already frail and susceptible to injury.  Learn more about bedrail injuries in Oregon here.

What are Bedrails?

Bedrails are a type of railing that goes on the sides of a bed.  The reason why they go on the sides of a bed are to keep residents in a bed from rolling off or from getting up.  Thus, bedrails help prevent against two forms of conduct—inadvertent mistakes and intentional actions.  

There are several different types of bedrails.  They could be metal pipes or rubber, sometimes hardened plastic.  Bedrails could also be rigid or they could be soft.  Bedrails could also be low or high.

How do Bedrails Cause Injuries?

There are two general ways that bedrails could cause serious personal injuries.  The first is by cutting, lacerating, or otherwise hurting a resident.  Sometimes a bedrail is defective.  It could have damage which is sharp.  Victims could suffer a cut or laceration from a bedrail that is not well-maintained.  This means that a victim could suffer serious personal injuries and even be wrongfully killed if a bedrail causes a cut on a vulnerable part of a resident.  Considering that elderly residents have softer skin, bedrail lacerations are very serious—especially to the leg or wrist.

The second way is by a resident trying to climb over the bedrail.  This could be when a resident attempts to hurdle over the bedrail.  It could be caused when a nursing home staff member fails to respond to the calls of a resident.  It could also be due to the fact that a nursing home resident needs more one-on-one supervision to prevent wandering or elopement.  Residents that try to climb over a bedrail could fall off of the top of it and sustain serious personal injury or even wrongful death.  Therefore, hitting one’s head could be devastating and catastrophic.

Ask Our Portland Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyers Any Questions About What Are Bedrails to Know What Your Rights Are Under Oregon Law

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. 

Broken Bones at Oregon Nursing Homes: Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

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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.