Nursing Home Failure to Diagnose Infection or Sepsis: Bend Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer

Failure to Diagnose Infection or Sepsis by a Nursing Home: Bend, Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer Explains


There is no way around it, nursing homes are very expense.  The decision to put a loved one in a nursing home can also be a costly decision between familial relationships.  We do not want to feel like we can no longer care for our loved one, yet the reality is we may not be able to perform some of the required medical care and treatment that our loved one needs to continue to live a safe and happy life.  This is why we rely on nursing homes to properly care for and treat our loved one in an appropriate manner.  When nursing homes fail to meet their required standard of care, it can result in very serious personal injuries and even wrongful death.  One of the most common whys nursing homes fail to do this is by causing an infection or allowing sepsis to take over.  If that happens to your loved one, please call our Portland nursing home malpractice lawyer to learn how we can help.


Why Infections are Dangerous in Nursing Homes, and Why Sepsis is Deadly


Usually, an infection for most people is not necessary dangerous or problem-some.  It can be easily treated easily and does not cause too much disruption in a person’s life.  However, an infection is a very dangerous diagnosis for an individual in a nursing home.  Generally, residents of a nursing home have compromised health and are in need of additional supervision or assistance.  Many times an infection for an individual who is weakened can be a life-threatening proposition.  


When this infection goes undiagnosed, or there is a delay in treatment of the infection, it can result in sepsis.  This is when an infection that is localized has become so prolific that it begins to infect surrounding structures.  The infection goes into the blood, and the infection becomes blood borne meaning it will travel throughout a person’s body.  This can quickly spread the infection and make it significantly more difficult to treat.  This can be serious Oregon medical malpractice.


Causes of Infections and Sepsis in Nursing Homes


There are many causes of infections or sepsis in a nursing home which could result in very serious personal injuries.  Some of these causes which could be due to Oregon medical malpractice include the following:


  • Failure to guard against a bed sore or pressure ulcer;
  • Failing to identify and treat a bed sore or pressure ulcer;
  • Improper changing of bandages, or failing to change bandages;
  • Negligent wound care;
  • Failure to comply with sterile protocol;
  • Failing to change catheters in a timely manner;
  • Poor hygiene protocol;
  • Failing to check for open wounds;
  • Neglecting to routinely check vitals for signs of an infection; and 
  • Many other causes.


Victims of an Infection or Sepsis in an Oregon Nursing Home Should Call our Central Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer


An infection or sepsis is a very serious and often life-threatening condition for a resident of a nursing home to contract.  Many times the infection or sepsis is completely avoidable and, if it is still caused, can easily be treated with basic wound care and antibiotics.  But nursing homes are about making as much money as fast as they can, and having less staff to cover more patients is more lucrative for them.  


If this happened to your loved one, contact our Portland nursing home malpractice lawyer to learn what rights to compensation you may have.  We accept cases throughout Oregon, including Sisters, Redmond, Madras, La Pine, Prineville, Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our law office is located.  Please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (541) 385-1999 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.

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