Falls at Nursing Homes: Oregon Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers

Understanding Falls at Nursing Homes From our Oregon Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers


Most of us take for granted that we can walk without the worry of falling.  Indeed, falling can be embarrassing and many people would like to hide the fact that they fall.  Many times we may slip and fall or trip and fall and just bruise our ego.  But falling can also be dangerous.  Even healthy individuals could fall and suffer serious injury.  These injuries include broken bones, head injuries, or back injuries.  However, our Oregon nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers know that falls in nursing homes are usually much worse.  Residents at nursing homes are vulnerable, weakened, and susceptible to both falling and becoming injured in a fall.


In fact, many times residents who have fallen at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other rehabilitation facilities are catastrophically injured.  Residents may suffer paralyzing injuries, debilitating traumatic brain injuries, or be wrongfully killed.  While it is fortunate that many times a resident who is a fall risk could be protected and closely monitored, unfortunately far too many nursing homes and facilities fail to protect residents from falls.  This means that nursing homes and assisted living homes are unnecessarily exposing their residents to the risks of injury.


Liability for Falls at a Nursing Home in Oregon


When a resident falls in a nursing home it could be a type of negligence case.  Negligence is when a party has a duty of care, breaches that duty, and the breach causes injury to another.  In nursing homes, all nursing homes have a duty to protect residents from unnecessary harm.  All nursing homes also have a duty to evaluate and determine if residents are a fall risk and how to protect their residents.  Further, all nursing homes also have a duty to mitigate the risks of falls of all residents, including those who are not fall risks.  In fact, the general standard of premises liability requires all business owners to protect all entrants onto the business’ land from falls.


If a nursing home falls to uphold its duty to protect residents, reasonably supervise residents, evaluate residents that are a fall risk, create and execute a plan to protect fall risk residents, or overall protect others from falling, there could have been a breach of this duty.  When a breach of the duty to protect a resident from a fall causes personal injuries, a resident may be able to establish that the nursing home or assisted living facility was negligent as a matter of law.


Common Personal Injury in Oregon Nursing Home Fall Cases


When a resident at a nursing home falls, he or she could be seriously hurt.  There are many possible damages and injuries that a resident could sustain.  Some of the most common types of personal injuries from falls at a nursing home in Oregon include the following:


– TBIs;

– Spinal cord injuries;

– Broken bones;

– Head injuries;

– Back injuries;

– Organ damage;

– Torn ligaments, torn tendons, or damage to one’s knee;

– Cuts, lacerations, or bruises;

– Wrongful death; and

– Many other possible injuries.


If a Loved One Fell at an Oregon Nursing Home, Call our Oregon Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers for Help


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or wrongfully 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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