Helping Victims With Medical Facility Neglect Claims In Oregon And Washington
The population is getting older and unfortunately institutions are not taking care of the elderly as mandated by Oregon, Washington or federal law. Some nursing homes act as “warehousers” of the elderly versus taking on the necessary responsibilities of providing skilled nursing services to their residents.
The ever increasing pressure on the nursing home system has led to an increasing number of claims involving inappropriate monitoring or security, improper diet and fluid management, and particularly inadequate care of wounds and bedsores. Increasingly, we are hearing about nursing home patients being injured or dying because of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Reported violations have increased every year since 1996. More than 30 percent of the country’s nursing homes have been cited for violations that put residents in harm’s way. Nursing home abuse violations most often include physical or sexual abuse and abuse from other patients with inadequate staff supervision to prevent this type of behavior. Injuries such as fractured or broken bones, lacerations, and/or cuts and bruises are becoming all too common.
To enforce standards, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contracts with the states to conduct annual inspections of nursing homes. Individual states are also required to investigate individual abuse complaints. Statistics are derived from these state inspections. If you suspect your loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home, our rapid response team is on hand to assist in bringing an immediate remedy.
Contact one of our experienced lawyers at Case & Dusterhoff, LLP. We are available to answer your questions and will help you with your recovery. Call us at 503-607-8218 / 800-658-0167 (Toll Free) or send us information online.