Falls at Oregon Nursing Homes Caused by Negligence

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Understanding Liability in Falls at Oregon Nursing Homes Caused by Negligence


There are many possible causes of falls in a nursing home, hospital, assisted living facility, rehabilitation center, or another type of adult care facility.  Generally, this is a product of the fact that the population who is there is a population who is vulnerable to falling.  This includes elderly residents or elderly residents who are recovering from surgery or other procedures.  According to the CDC, people over the age of 65 years old are most likely to fall and result in approximately 3 million emergency department visits for fall injuries each year.  To this extent, 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling and each year at least 300,000 elderly individuals are hospitals for hip fractures—largely from falling.  While age and health has a lot of effect on falling, falls at Oregon nursing homes caused by negligence are also common.


Indeed, falls at nursing homes can result in significant personal injuries and even wrongful death.  The CDC also provided in its research that falls at the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries or TBIs.  This is astounding because most people equate a TBI with a high-speed automobile accident or trucking wreck, but not a fall from a height.  This is why falls in a nursing home must be protected and guarded against.  When a nursing home fails to do that, it can result in serious personal injuries to an innocent resident.


Causes of Falls Due to Supervision


One type of common cause of falls at a nursing home due to negligence is when there is a lack of supervision at the facility.  This is usually due to a lack of staffing.  Inadequate staffing is dangerous because it translates into less supervision and care for residents.  It also means that there are less staff members helping residents to the bathroom, in and out of bed, or in or out of the shower.  


A lack of supervision can also meant that residents are allowed to wander and elope when they really should not be.  The more that a resident is allowed to wander around the facility and the grounds, the more likely that it will result in a fall resulting in personal injuries.  As a result, wandering can end up causing significant harm to a resident.


Causes of Falls Due to Defective or Hazardous Conditions or Poor Maintenance 


Another obvious cause of falling is due to improper maintenance or upkeep of a nursing home facility.  This could be due to the fact that a nursing home is understaffed like noted above, but it could also be due to sheer negligence.  Defective or hazardous conditions could cause falls to anyone, including adults who are not elderly, recovering, or impaired—otherwise able-bodied individuals.  But when elderly residents have to negotiate around broken stairs, bunched up carpets, spills, snow/ice, and other conditions on the ground, it could result in significant injury.


In addition, poor maintenance of a building can also result in falls at Oregon nursing homes caused by negligence.  This includes leaky windows or AC units, or broken toilets, sinks, or shower tubs.


Call Our Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer to Protect Your Loved One’s Rights


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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