Injuries in Oregon Nursing Homes Commonly Caused by Inadequate Staffing

Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Share the Common Injuries Caused by Inadequate Staffing and Oregon Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult one, but sometimes a necessary one.  We expect that nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other rehabilitation centers provide an adequate and proper amount of staffing to ensure that our loved one’s care and treatment is appropriate.  While many facilities do a good job in maintaining proper staffing levels and ensuring that residents are well-cared for, unfortunately far too many facilities fail.  In fact, federal research statistics report that about 70% of nursing homes had far lower staffing levels than the facilities actually reported.  Our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyers know that lower staffing rations could lead to Oregon nursing home abuse and neglect.   

The danger with lower staffing rations and inadequate staffing is because of the quality of care and supervision that residents are receiving.  Other government research directly correlates lower staffing ratios and inadequate staffing to lower quality of care and treatment for residents.  Not only does this mean this time for treatment by staff and less support per resident, but also less supervision.  This means that residents who are prone to eloping or wandering could end up unnecessarily injuring themselves.  The lack of staffing also means that there are less staff to ensure that residents are not physically abused, assaulted, or otherwise harmed by residents, guests, or other staff.

Common Causes of Injuries Due to Inadequate Staffing

There are many possible ways that inadequate could harm residents in Oregon nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and other facilities.  Some of the most common causes include the following:

  • Elder abuse;
  • Physical abuse;
  • Eloping and wandering, especially residents with cognitive illness like dementia or Alzheimer’s, or for residents who have lower extremity injuries and are prone to falling;
  • Sexual abuse;
  • Financial abuse;
  • Neglect;
  • Bathing or showering injuries;
  • Pressure sores;
  • Medication errors, including improperly mixing up medications, improper administration, and other types of medications mistakes;
  • Failure to change wound bandages and wound care;
  • Failure to diagnose and treat infections or sepsis;
  • Assaulted from other residents, staff, or guests;
  • Hygiene issues;
  • Dehydration;
  • Malnourishment;
  • Wheelchair accidents; and
  • Other types of injuries.

Residents Injured Due to Oregon Nursing Home Abuse From Inadequate Staffing May Have a Claim

Nursing homes have specific staffing ratios and minimal staffing requirements under Oregon law and regulations, as well as under federal regulations.  The failure to meet and/or exceed these staffing levels may result in a finding of evidence of negligence if a resident is harmed due to a condition which was proximately caused by the understaffing.  As you can appreciate from above, there are many different ways that inadequate supervision could result in serious personal injuries due to a resident.

Ask our Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers for Help

Inadequate supervision is not always obvious, in fact, it is usually hidden.  This is why you need  to retain counsel that will investigate and protect you rights to compensation.  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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