Causes of Nursing Home Abuse in Oregon

Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Share Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse in Oregon


Nursing home abuse is a serious problem.  According to government studies, approximately 10% of all nursing homes residences have been a victim of neglect or physical, psychological, verbal, sexual, or financial abuse.  With over 1.5 million people in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or rehabilitation centers, that means over 150,000 people are victims of nursing home abuse each year.  That is a staggering figure, especially considering that the same government study believed that nursing home abuse and elder abuse was underreported.  There are many causes of nursing home abuse in Oregon too.  Any injuries caused by nursing home abuse should be evaluated by Portland nursing home abuse lawyers.  


Why Nursing Homes Actually Cause the Abuse


There are many reasons why nursing home abuse and neglect exist in nursing homes.  But the root of every cause is the same—the nursing home.  This is because the nursing home administrator and staff need to be in control of their facilities, including their staff, residents, and guests.  Therefore, the number one cause of nursing home abuse in Oregon is due to reckless or negligent nursing home ownership.


Due to the lack of leadership and supervision, nursing home abuse is allowed to fester and cause injuries to residents.  Some of the reasons why poor nursing home ownership could lead to nursing home abuse in Portland, Bend, or anywhere else in Oregon include the following reasons:


  • Lack of supervision means employees not doing what they are supposed to in terms of caring for residents, or also in terms of employees misbehaving
  • Lack of supervision translates into lack of dedication to the facility success, which means employees won’t care if an owner doesn’t care
  • Lack of supervision means residents do whatever they want, including harming other residents or getting themselves injured by eloping, walking when they should not, or otherwise taking unnecessary risks;
  • Lack of supervision allows guests and contractors to take advantage of residents, including harming them.


Staffing Issues and Elder Abuse: Causes of Nursing Home Abuse in Oregon


When nursing home owners fail to supervise and otherwise care for their positions as leaders in the facility, nursing homes suffer.  And this means residents suffer.  Some of the most common reasons why a failing nursing home causes injuries to residents in the form of abuse are because of the following:


  • Inadequate staffing
  • Negligent hiring of staff
  • Completely lack of supervision 
  • Underpaid staff, and staff who know they are underpaid and rebel
  • Not addressing residents risks properly (i.e., fall risk patients)
  • Failing to repair dangerous conditions
  • Lack of training
  • Delays in transferring residents who need hospital care, and
  • Many other facility-related reasons.


Residents Hurt in Oregon Need to Have Our Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Help


Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is a problem that affects residents in every state throughout the United States.  But it should not be the problem that it is.  Loved ones who are in nursing homes need to be monitored for the signs of abuse and neglect.  Family members and friends need to evaluate the actual facility to assess how it is run.  A weak nursing home administrator who does not care about the facility will breed weak employees who do not care about the facility and the residents.  This is where an environment of mistrust, harm, and abuse can grow.  In fact, this is where an environment of elder abuse and thrive.


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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