Could Violence in Nursing Homes be Oregon Nursing Home Abuse?
Yes, any type of violence in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or other types of live-in or rehabilitation centers could be Oregon nursing home abuse. It does not matter is the violence is from a staff member, other resident, family member, guest, contractor, or any other person that comes into the nursing facility, if a resident is the victim of violence in a nursing home it could be Oregon nursing home abuse or elder abuse. This is because nursing homes and related facilities have certain obligations to protect residents to ensure they are well-cared for. This includes more than just managing conditions or diseases, wound care, and hygiene. Learn more about why any type of violence against a resident could be serious elder abuse and how to protect your loved ones rights from our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyers.
Violence in Nursing Homes: What Constitutes Abuse?
Violence could take many forms and abuse is the most common form in nursing homes. Abuse is broadly defined when it comes to elder abuse and neglect. There are many different forms fo abuse. Abuse could take the form of physical abuse, such as physical and direct contacts like striking or hitting a resident. Or abuse could take the form of emotional or psychological abuse. Any type of harmful, offensive, or unwelcome contact could constitute abuse and would be violence in a nursing home.
Causes of Violence in Oregon Nursing Homes
There are many causes of violence in Oregon nursing homes. There are two major causes that almost always are the problem. The first is understaffing or inadequate staffing. This is a very common issues in nursing homes that are trying to cut corners to increase their bottom lines. The second is lack of supervision, which can be caused by a lack of staffing but it can also be caused by a lack of training, proper hiring, and experience.
Liability for Violence in Oregon Nursing Homes
While it is likely impossible for a nursing home or assisted living facility to guard against every type of violent assault or attack, there is still a duty to protect residents from reckless, careless, and preventable harm. Thus, a nursing home or other facility could be liable for failing to protect against foreseeable harm. Some examples of when a nursing home could be liable for violence on a nursing home resident include the following:
- Hiring staff members who have a history of abuse;
- Failing to investigate residents who continue to suffer repetitive or reoccurring injuries;
- Negligent hiring decisions;
- Trying to cover us injuries;
- Failing to supervise residents;
- Not watching or limiting interactions with aggressive residents;
- Failing to protect vulnerable residents;
- Not enforcing guest policies to ensure violence is limited; and
- Many other common causes.
Facilities Could be Liable for Oregon Nursing Home Abuse if Violence Harms Residents
Anytime there is violence that causes personal injury in a nursing home, residents and their family should contact our law firm to learn what rights to compensation they may have. 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.