What is Considered Negligence in a Nursing Home?

Understanding Negligence in a Nursing Home: Explained by Our Nursing Home Negligent Lawyer in Bend, OR

Putting your loved one in a nursing home is often a very difficult decision. The unfortunate truth is that for most people, they are unable to care for their loved one and provide appropriate supervision at all times, making it in their best interest to place them in a nursing home where they can receive the care they need. People place their loved ones in a nursing home with the expectation that their loved ones will receive the appropriate care, supervision, and treatment that they need. While most nursing homes meet these needs for loved ones in nursing homes, unfortunately not all nursing homes provide the care they are legally required to provide. When individuals living in nursing homes do not receive the care they are supposed to receive by law, it is considered to be negligence. Our experienced nursing home negligence lawyer in Bend, OR knows that negligence in a nursing home can lead to serious injuries or even wrongful death for vulnerable nursing home residents.

Here at Kuhlman Law, our compassionate and experienced team understands how to handle nursing home negligence, abuse, neglect, and other harm cases.  We have a proven track record of success handling some of the most egregious conduct in nursing homes, including conduct resulting in serious harm to residents who are some of the most vulnerable members of our society.  Learn more about how our nursing home neglect lawyers and nursing home abuse lawyers in Bend, OR can help you and your family during a FREE consultation.

What is Considered Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse?

There are two different classifications of nursing home neglect or abuse. The reason for this is because that neglect or abuse can be intentional or unintentional. Intentional abuse or neglect means that the individual intended to abuse or neglect the resident.  Whereas unintentional abuse or neglect means that it was not purposeful, but rather due to the negligence of a provider.

Types of abuse include the following:

Sexual abuse – Any inappropriate or unwanted touching, including sexual advances, rape, sodomy, forceful touching, or any other inappropriate interaction

Emotional abuse – Calling residents names, putting them down, or being emotionally or verbally abusive

Physical Abuse – Any physical harm such as hitting, kicking, cutting, punching, biting, or any other type of physical harm

Intentional neglect – Failing to ensure that the resident receives the care that they need (i.e. toileting, feeding, showering), or any other act of purposely failing to provide the resident the care they need

Financial exploitation – Taking money, valuables, using credit cards or checkbooks, changing wills, stealing stocks or other items constitute as financial exploitation

Unintentional nursing home abuse – This refers to any abuse that occurs without purposeful action. This includes forgetting to tend to a resident’s needs, understaffing leading to nursing home residents not receiving the care that they need, medication errors, failing to clean up a spill which leads to a fall, failing to turn and position residents which then leads to pressure ulcers or bed sores. While these are unintentional, these acts are still unacceptable and negligent.

Examples of Abuse, Neglect, and Malpractice That Our Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer in Bend, OR Can Help You

As mentioned above, nursing home residents are not always treated with the care they deserve and legally are entitled to. Examples of nursing home abuse, neglect, and malpractice include the following:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Slip and falls
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Pressure sores
  • Financial exploitation
  • Inappropriate use of physical or chemical restraints
  • Infections
  • Sepsis
  • Falls due to poor supervision
  • Fractures
  • Injuries from wandering without appropriate supervision
  • Wrongful death
  • Unexplained deaths
  • Other types of personal injuries

Call Kuhlman Law for Help With Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Cases in Bend, OR

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice 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 medical malpractice 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.

 

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