Can Failing to Transfer a Patient be Nursing Home Malpractice in Oregon?

Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice Caused by Failing to Transfer a Patient


We trust our loved ones in a nursing home.  These nursing facilities rare expensive, but we generally find solace knowing that our loved one is well-cared for and safe.  Most of the time this is true and our loved ones get excellent care.  However, other times nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities fail to property care for our loved one.  These could be mistakes in medication or prescriptions, failing to change wound bandages, or even neglecting our loved one’s most basic needs.


But one of the more serious nursing home mistakes or errors that could be due to Oregon medical malpractice is failing to transfer a patient or resident to an urgent care facility or hospital.  This could be combined with a failure to diagnose the patient of a medical error or mistake, or failing to even recognize the need to transfer.  Other times this could be simply due to a delay or unwillingness to transfer the patient.  In either event, failing to transfer a patient to the hospital could result in serious personal injury or wrongful death and it could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice.


Why is Failing to Transfer a Patient Serious Nursing Home Malpractice?


Failing to transfer a patient means that the patient is in urgent need of a transfer, however the facility simply fails to properly transfer him or her for care. This means that the patient in need is going to continue to worsen in condition and be seriously injured.  Conditions such as a heart attack, stroke, aortic dissection, or other condition could become incredibly devastating.  The longer these conditions are allowed to fester, the longer they will cause damage to the body—particularly vital areas like the heart, lungs, and brain.


Other conditions may not be so obvious and life-threatening, but a transfer nonetheless required.  These could be due to the signs of cancer.  When a nursing home resident is demonstrating classic signs of certain cancers, it is the obligation of the nursing home to transfer the patient to the appropriate care and treatment center or hospital for evaluation.  When a nursing home fails to do this, a patient’s disease will be allowed to continue to fester and grow out of control.  This can make it irreversible and untreatable.


If a Resident of a Nursing Home is Not Transferred and Suffers Worse Injury, Call Our Law Firm


Some failure to transfers may not have obvious effects.  Other failures will be very obvious and devastating.  No matter whether the failure to transfer left obvious injuries or hidden (latent) injuries, any time a resident of a nursing home is suffering a medical emergency or serious health complication and is not transferred, the family should call an Oregon personal injury law firm for a FREE evaluation.  Here at Kuhlman Law, LLC, we offer these free evaluations and can help families get the answers they deserve.


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