Warning Signs of Nursing Home Physical Abuse from Our Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Know These Warnings Signs of Physical Abuse in Oregon Nursing Homes From Our Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers


It is not an easy decision to put a loved one in a nursing home.  It is an acknowledgement that a loved one’s needs are too great for him or her to handle independently, and further that it is too great for you and your other family or colleagues to be able to treat and care for your loved one.  This is why we expect that our loved ones in nursing homes will receive the proper care and treatment that we cannot give at home.  Most times, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers do just that.  However, some nursing homes fail.  Unfortunately one of the most common reasons why nursing homes fail is due to physical abuse.  According to government research, approximately 10% of all nursing home residents have been the victim of physical abuse.  Another shocking study claims that 1 in 5 emergency department visits by elderly residents were the result in nursing home abuse.  There are many manifestations of physical abuse, some being more difficult to detect than others.  Our Portland nursing home abuse lawyers explain what are some of the common warning signs of physical abuse that you will need to know to protect your loved one’s rights.


What is Physical Abuse Caused by Oregon Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?


There are many potential forms of physical abuse that could cause harm to a nursing home resident in Oregon.  Nursing home abuse is contrasted by nursing home neglect, where nursing home abuse is usually an intentional, knowing, and willful attack on a resident.  Whereas nursing home neglect is either 1) an intentional, knowing, and willful omission on a resident, or a 2) negligent omission against a resident.


There are many examples of physical abuse, but here are some common ones which could be actionable under Oregon law:


  • Punching;
  • Kicking;
  • Biting;
  • Cutting;
  • Burning;
  • Choking;
  • Pinching or squeezing;
  • Pushing or tossing;
  • Dragging or pulling violently;
  • Striking with an object, such as hitting a resident or throwing something at the resident;
  • Tripping or knocking down;
  • Pulling hair, clothing, jewelry, or other parts of clothing or of the body; 
  • Throwing into a hot shower or tub on purpose; and
  • Many other common causes.


Warning Signs to Know


There are many potential signs of physical abuse that could be caused by Oregon nursing home abuse.  The most important warning sign is whatever the resident tells you.  Even if it sounds farfetched or not true, it is important to also believe your loved one and start an investigation or a complaint.  


But most times, a nursing home resident is not able to explain what happened.  This is why they are easier targets for all forms of abuse, especially physical abuse.  This is why you and your family need to be the frontline defenders of your loved one’s rights.  Knowing these warning signs is very important to protect your loved one’s rights.  The most common warning signs of physical abuse include the following:


  • Fractured bones or broken bones, especially spiral fractures or repeated fractures;
  • Sock burns or glove burns, where an entire part of the limb is placed in scolding hot water and suffers injury;
  • Chipped teeth, especially the weaker front teeth;
  • Bruises, particularly in areas what are concealed by clothing;
  • Cuts, tears, or other skin injuries in hidden areas, including intimate areas, the back, or insides of the legs or arms which are hidden;
  • Wound infections;
  • Bite marks;
  • Loss of hair in an isolated spot, or swelling on the head, both of which are indicative of pulling on hair or yanking on the head of a resident;
  • Any burn injuries, especially those that have a significant amount of skin damage that they blister or scab over;
  • Unexplained injuries;
  • Unexplained death; and
  • Many other injuries.


Ask Our Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers for Help


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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