Delayed Treatment in Bend Nursing Homes Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice

Bend Oregon Medical Malpractice Causing Delayed Treatment in Nursing Homes Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries and Wrongful Death


Nursing homes are specialized facilities where our loved ones can live their daily lives with assistance from medical professionals.  This may be due to our loved one’s medical conditions which require more care and support that we can offer.  Or it may be due to the fact that our loved one is aging and recovering slowly from a surgery or medical procedure and in need of rehabilitation services that nursing homes can provide.  In either event, we trust nursing homes to provide thorough and proper care.  After all, we are paying significantly for such services.


However, nursing homes are a busy.  The want as many residents in their facility generating money.  But they also want as few staff as possible, which is a high expense.  This is particularly true for medical professionals like doctors or nurses.  This means that nursing homes must find a balance between residents and staff, known as a staffing ratio.  When there is an inadequate number of staff, it can result in significant delays in the care and treatment of patients.  These delays can result in damages or serious injury to residents due to nursing home malpractice, which can be Oregon medical malpractice.


Types of Delays in Nursing Homes That Could be Oregon Medical Malpractice


There are several types of delays which could be classified as medical malpractice.  The first and most obvious is generally what we think when we hear nursing home malpractice: nursing home neglect.  This is when a facility fails to give the proper care, attention, and treatment to a resident that he or she properly requires.  This sounds just like it is, neglecting a resident.  When this occurs, a resident’s medication may be forgotten causing serious episodes and complications.  Wounds may not be cleaned and result in infections.  Bandages may not be changed which can also cause infection, or even septic conditions.  These may lead to serious injury or wrongful death.


Another type of delay that may be classified as medical malpractice is a failure to diagnose a condition.  This could be common failure to diagnose an infection in a nursing home.  But this could also be cancer, a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, or other serious health complication.  These conditions must be guarded against and patients experiencing these symptoms should receive the proper care and attention they deserve.


The most common type of delay due to both neglect and a failure to diagnose is a pressure sore, bed sore, or pressure ulcer.  These are generally the same condition wherein the resident’s bed or apparatus where he or she is laying down or resting against causes undue and continuous pressure on a part of the body.  This continuous pressure can actually damage perfectly healthy tissue, causing it to ulcer, abscess, and cave in.  This results in a massive infection which can be incredibly painful.  These infections are usually septic and can result in the wrongful death of a resident very quickly, but in an agonizing way.  This is usually a form of Oregon medical malpractice due to a nursing home’s malpractice.


Delays in Treatment at a Nursing Home May be Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


Anytime a resident of a nursing home succumbs to an unexplained injury which may be explained by a delay in treatment, a victim and his or her family should consult with a medical malpractice or nursing home malpractice lawyer to assess whether there may be a claim.


Here at Kuhlman Law, LLC, we work hard with investigators, experts, law enforcement, and other individuals who can help prove what happened to your loved one in a court of law.


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