Burns from Oregon Nursing Home Abuse: Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Understanding Burns From our Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers


In nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other rehabilitation centers, burns should be one of the least common types of injuries that a resident suffers.  This is because nursing homes and related facilities should be protecting residents from the sources of burns.  This goes beyond the issue of open flames or fires which could cause burns.  Nursing homes need to ensure that temperature for hand washing, baths, and showers are at an appropriate level, cigarettes are properly disposed of and smoking residents are properly monitored, chemicals are stored in a safe area, and other sources of physical or chemical burns are eliminated.  When nursing homes fail to guard residents from burns, it could result in serious personal injury or even the wrongful death of an innocent resident.  Learn more from our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyers.


Sources of Burn Injuries


There are several sources of burns which could result in serious injury to a resident.  This includes negligent and intentional burns.  First, negligent burns could be caused by leaving open flames exposed, preparing a shower or bath that is too hot, or allowing caustic chemicals to come into contact with residents.  Another common source of burns is cigarette smoking which could result in significant injuries or even the wrongful death of an individual if a fire is stared while smoking.  


Burns could also be caused by intentional conduct.  This could be physical abuse from a staff member or another resident or guest when the nursing home is not adequately supervising vulnerable residents and other residents or guests.  Elder abuse burns could result in catastrophic injury, including deep skin burns or damage to skin, even in private areas.


Some of the most common sources of either negligent or intentional burns include the following:


  • Open fires;
  • Smoking;
  • Food burns;
  • Burns in bathtubs or showers;
  • Chemical burns from spills;
  • Burns from equipment; 
  • Burns from electrical shock; and
  • Many other sources.

Types of Burns


There are three different types of burns which could be caused by Oregon nursing home malpractice.  While all burns cause serious pain and suffering, even minor burns, these three types of burns will result in the most uncomfortable and painful burns.  The three types of burns include the following:


  • First Degree Burns – This is a basic type of burn which can result in skin that is hurting, red, and otherwise in pain and uncomfortable.  Only the outer layer of skin is affected.  
  • Second Degree Burns – Also known as partial thickness burns, second degree burns are when the lower lawyer of skin is also damaged and suffers from pain, redness, swelling, blistering, aching, oozing, or other damage due to the burn.  The burn affects two lawyers of skin.
  • Third Degree Burns – This is the most serious type of burn and is also known as a full thickness burn.  This is when the deeper layers of skin and tissue suffer damage, including charring or extensive blackening of skin.  Skin may also become white with the char and the burn.  This why of injury will always result in extreme pain and suffering, not just with the injury but also the treatment and the recovery.

Ask our Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyers for Help


Burn injuries are some of the worst injuries because they are so painful.  Even during treatment, a burn injury could have serious health complications.  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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