Clogged Breathing Tube Wrongful Death: Oregon Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers

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Oregon Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers: Clogged Breathing Tube Wrongful Death Cases Should Never Happen


It is an unfortunate truth, but for some people a breathing tube is a lifeline for them.  This is particularly true for residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or rehabilitation centers who may be experiencing some complications overcoming a disease, surgery, or other health condition.  Thus, a breathing tube is essentially keeping them alive by providing a steady and sufficient stream of oxygen to them.  This oxygen is imperative for everyone, especially someone who is struggling to heal.  While many nursing homes in Oregon do a good job keeping breathing tubes in position and clean, unfortunately too many nursing homes cause a bloke breathing tube wrongful death.  Our Oregon nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers explain what could happen due to these egregious error.


It is important for all families to know about this.  If a loved one unexpectedly died in a nursing home and was using a breathing tube, it is imperative that you and your family investigate what happened to your loved one.  This is because a clogged breathing tube wrongful death could easily be hidden, especially after a surgery or with a resident who was already ill.  


What is a Breathing Tube?


A breathing tube is exactly what it sounds like.  It is a tube that is inserted into a person’s airway to help a person receive more oxygen than a person would receive breathing on his or her own.  A breathing tube is important because it means that an individual may not be able to breath on his or her own without assistance.  This could be due to disease or injury.  The breathing tube allows a direct flow of oxygen to help supplement what a person can do naturally.


How Do Breathing Tubes Get Clogged?


There are many possible ways that breathing tubes could get clogged.  This includes just basic food, saliva, and phlegm which can get stuck in a breathing tube.  This is a normal cause of clogging and by itself is not a sign of Oregon nursing home abuse and neglect.


However, it could be Oregon nursing home abuse and neglect if the breathing tubes are clogged for such a long time that there is a decrease in oxygen flow or a complete stoppage.  This is when it gets dangerous because a person is already unable to breath without an oxygen tube.  Thus, slowing down or blocking the oxygen tube’s flow of oxygen could result in catastrophic injuries.  


Negligent Causes of Blogged Breathing Tube Injuries


There are a few reasons when a clogged breathing tube could be the result of Oregon nursing home abuse and neglect which should be reviewed by a team of lawyers.  This includes some of the following reason which could be negligent, such as the following:


  • Failure to check on patients with breathing tubes to ensure they are kept clean
  • Failure to routinely change out breathing tubes
  • Untrained nursing home workers who do not know what to do or how to do it
  • Inadequate staffing meaning less supervision
  • Reckless or careless staff
  • Improper devices used
  • Negligently cleaning the tube (not completely cleaning it)
  • Reinstalling the tube wrong, and
  • Many other negligence causes.


Anytime There is an Unexpected Death In an Oregon Nursing Home with a Resident Who Used a Breathing Tube, Ask Us to Review


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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