Bedsore Lawyer in Portland, Oregon: Why Bedsores Happen

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Understanding Why Bedsores Happen from our Bedsore Lawyer in Portland, Oregon


A bedsore is also known as a pressure sore, pressure ulcer, or other similar names.  Victims who develop a bedsore need to receive medical care and treatment.  This medical care and treatment could even become an emergency if the bedsore progresses to a certain “stage.”  Stages are how a bedsore is classified.  The higher the stage, the more dangerous and destructive the pressure sore or bedsore is.  But the most important aspect of any pressure sore case is that it should not happen in nursing homes and assisted living facilities with the proper care and treatment of the nursing home providers.  Whenever a pressure sore or bedsore develops in a resident, the victim or the victim’s family should call our bedsore lawyer in Portland, Oregon to learn what their rights to compensation may be under the law.


Oregon Law allows victims and their families to protect their claims in certain instances.  This includes allow victims to recover the following types of compensation for bedsore injuries or wrongful deaths in a nursing home:


  • Past pain and suffering from the date of the injury until the date of the settlement or award 
  • Future pain and suffering from the date of the settlement or award for the rest of the life expectancy of the victim
  • Medical bills, including hospital transfer costs, ICU care, and other treatment
  • Loss of consortium and loss of relationship, society, and interaction with family and friends, especially being unable to see family and friends for visits due to a serious illness
  • Special medical equipment or beds, wheelchairs, or other devices to help a victim, and
  • Any other damages caused by an unlawfully caused bedsore.


Why Do Bedsores Occur?  Bedsore Lawyer in Portland, Oregon Explains


A bedsore occurs because a healthcare provider failed to uphold his or her duty of care.  This means that a provider failed to check a resident’s needs.  These needs include being rotated several times a day to prevent a pressure sore from developing.  When a healthcare provider fails to do this, it can result in serious personal injuries to a victim when the pressure, friction, and other abrasion against the skin causes a bedsore.  


Other causes of bedsores include improper nutrition, hydration, and medication which can all result in a breakdown of the body.  Victims can also suffer serious personal injury from each of these instances of negligence.


Another common cause of a bedsore in a nursing home, rehabilitation center, hospital, assisted living facility, or any other type of facility is due to understaffing.  Inadequate staffing and understaffing is one of the largest issues that a nursing home could create all by itself which could harm residents.  This is because nursing homes try to save money on salary costs by having the minimum staffing. But it can still be hard to keep that minimal staffing if there are illnesses, injuries, or heavy holiday/vacation times of the year.  Other times high staff turnover could also cause serious issues with staffing.  With less staffing, there are less people checking on residents and rotating them to avoid bedsores.


Our bedsore lawyer in Portland, Oregon knows how dangerous these causes of bedsores can be.  A bedsore could result in a catastrophic infection or sepsis which is life-threatening.  This means that a victim could be seriously injured or wrongfully killed.


Bedsores Caused by Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice


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. 

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