Nurses are often considered the heroes of the medical world. Traditionally, nurses assisted doctors during procedures and provided day-to-day personal care of patients. However, today's nurses fill these stereotypical roles while also being tasked with other things like keeping up with medications and medical charts. In addition to this added workload, nurses in Oregon and across America are often understaffed, so the tediousness of these tasks is often exacerbated by long, exhausting shifts. Grueling hours and increased work loads can result in nursing errors.
Recently, a woman in another state suffered injury and eventual death as a result of negligence by nursing staff and a lawsuit has been filed on her behalf. The woman was a resident at a long term care facility. According to the lawsuit, the woman experienced a fall, a urinary tract infection and suffered from several medical conditions while under the defendants' care.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants neglected to follow physician's orders and also failed to provide a safe environment. The woman died after being at the facility only a few months. The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages.
The majority of nurses in the state of Oregon are highly skilled professionals who are more than capable of adequately caring for and seeing to the needs of medical patients. Unfortunately, nurses today are often understaffed and forced to handle high patient volumes. This can increase the chances for nursing errors. When medical workers make errors, it is the patients that suffer. By filing a lawsuit, victims of nursing errors and their families could potentially be awarded vital compensation to help them through such difficult times.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Trinity Health Care Services of Logan accused of failing to provide a safe environment", Louie Torres, Oct. 3, 2017