Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Explains Falls and Fractures

Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Explains Falls and Fractures

Serious Nursing Home Injuries from Falls and Fractures: Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Explain


There are many different types of nursing home abuse and malpractice.  While many people think about nursing home errors as medical malpractice (errors in treatment) or nursing home abuse such as physically hitting or sexual abuse, another form of nursing home abuse and malpractice can be in the failure to act.  This failure to act includes a failure to protect a resident in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or rehabilitation center from appreciable harm.  This includes protecting residents who may be a fall risk.  This could be residents who have cognitive issues which might result in an increased likelihood of falling, after a surgery or procedure, on certain medications, due to conditions/diseases, or other conditions which make a resident a fall risk.


Falls and fractures can be a serious form of personal injury in a nursing home for a resident.  This is because residents are usually of compromised health and are more susceptible to being injured in a fall.  Residents are also more likely to suffer serious head injuries, which the CDC statistics finds that falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) which is over 48% of all TBI cases.  This is one of the most catastrophic and disabling injuries that a resident in a nursing home could suffer.  It can also cause a fatal injury resulting in a wrongful death.


Identifying Fall Risk Residents


Residents who are fall risks need to be assessed and diagnosed immediately.  Nursing homes need to do this and mark residents as a fall risk with a bracelet or some other identifying mark.  This may include marking the room and making notations on the charge nurse’s or supervising nurse’s chart.  Each care provider must know about this.


Facilities can do this by either asking for a questionnaire which adds up “points” which indicate if a resident is a fall risk.  Facilities could also have policies which automatically declare a resident to be fall risk such as after a foot or leg surgery, residents with a form of paralysis, or residents who have dizziness or instability already.  


The failure to assess and identify a resident as a fall risk could be negligent for Oregon nursing home abuse and malpractice that a lawyer should be contacted for.


Protecting Fall Risk Residents


Residents who are fall risks also need to be protected.  Some steps that facilities need to use include the following:


  • Set bed alarms so if a resident is trying to get out of bed, staff is notified to come and assist
  • Where appropriate, use bed rails to help keep a resident in the bed
  • Lower the bed closer to the floor
  • Move furniture away from the bed
  • Use slip-resistant socks
  • Have a call button
  • Use one-on-one supervision when residents are a high fall risk
  • Where a resident completely refuses and is aggressive or argumentative, use restraints with a physician order
  • Ensure brakes on wheelchairs are used
  • Use mats on the floor to help cushion a fall, and
  • Other common ways. 


When Falls and Fractures Occur in a Nursing Home, it Could Result in Liability 


If a victim suffers a fall which results in any type of fracture, it could result in serious liability for the nursing home for falls and fractures.  This is especially true if a nursing home did not assess a victim’s risk for falling.  In addition to just identifying a resident as a fall risk, the nursing home must also protect the resident in some of the manners above.  Failure to do that, or the negligence in doing that, could result in serious personal injuries.


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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