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Patient's death attributed to alleged nursing errors

Nurses provide the majority of care when patients are admitted to hospitals and medical facilities. Nurses oversee the day-to-day needs of patients, from making sure medications are taken in a timely manner to just being there to provide emotional and moral support for the patient. Unfortunately, nurses in Oregon and across the country put in long hours and are frequently understaffed. Overworked nurses become exhausted, which can lead to nursing errors. Recently, a lawsuit was filed in another state after a patient died as a result of allegedly negligent care.

According to the lawsuit, the elderly female patient needed around-the-clock care and was admitted to a nursing facility as a result. The patient had trouble walking and suffered loss of balance due to muscle weakness, so constant monitoring was a necessity to ensure the patient was safe. The patient was a resident at the nursing facility for two years, and it is alleged that over the course of these two years the patient suffered multiple falls from her bed and was found on the floor on several occasions.

Just before her death, the patient apparently suffered a severe fall and was rushed to the emergency department of a local hospital, where it was discovered that she had suffered multiple fractures from the fall. After several days at the hospital, the patient was returned to the nursing facility where she passed away only a few weeks later. The claim asserts that the patient's untimely death was the result of negligent care at the facility.

These days, nurses are often understaffed and tasked with working long hours. Nurses, like all medical professionals, are human. Consequently, mistakes will happen. Oregon residents who have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of nursing errors have the right to pursue legal action. Damages awarded from a successfully litigated lawsuit could provide a sense of justice as well as much-needed financial relief.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Yeadon nursing home hit with wrongful death lawsuit", Nicholas Malfitano, Feb. 6, 2017

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