Nurses are traditionally seen as apron-wearing doctor's assistants that manage the basic bedside care of medical patients. However, today's nurses are tasked with not only overseeing the day-to-day needs of patients, but they are also responsible for coordinating patient care and are making increasingly complex clinical decisions that used to be made by doctors. An aging population in Oregon and across the country continues to increase patient volumes, which in turn creates increased workloads for understaffed nurses. This is a major factor that can contribute to mistakes or even negligence. Two brothers in another state recently filed a lawsuit after their father died due to alleged nursing negligence.
The brothers claim that negligent care at a hospital caused the death of their father. According to the lawsuit, the father suffered a broken leg from a fall at his home and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The father was admitted to the hospital, as it was determined he also suffered from diabetes, renal failure and dementia. During his stay at the hospital, the man apparently had his leg amputated. It is alleged that negligent care caused bed sores as big as fists to develop on the man's backside.
The plaintiffs assert that the hospital staff hid information about their father from them and also denied their requests to transfer their father to another medical facility. After a 118 day stay at the hospital, the father reportedly died suffering from gangrene, bed sores and malnutrition at the time of his death. According to the plaintiffs, this was evidence of negligent care and they hold the hospital responsible for the death of their father.
Although nurses in Oregon and around the country are required to have years of academic and on-the-job training, negligence still occurs. Anyone who suffers the loss of a loved one as a result of nursing negligence can take legal action. A successful lawsuit could result in much-needed compensation, as well as justice for victims and their families.
Source: fayobserver.com, "Sons speak out about father's care at Cape Fear Valley", Greg Barnes, Aug. 19, 2017