Most nurses in the state of Oregon are well-trained professionals who excel in patient care. Unfortunately, nurses these days are often understaffed and are overworked as a result. Long, tiring shifts can contribute to mistakes and sometimes negligence. Statistics say that nursing negligence is one of the leading causes of injury in the United States today. Recently in another state, a lawsuit was filed after alleged negligence led to the death of a woman in a nursing home.
The lawsuit was filed against the operators of a nursing home by the family of a deceased woman over claims that negligence resulted in the death of their loved one. According to the suit, the woman was making her way along a hallway using a walker and was struck from behind by a laundry cart. The woman fell on her left side and hurt her hip and left leg, the lawsuit asserts.
The plaintiffs claim that three hours after the accident, the woman was unable to get out of her chair so she was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. It is claimed that 2 days later she underwent surgery on her left hip, which was injured in the fall. The next day, the family claims that the woman became unresponsive and died a short time later. The plaintiffs seek to hold the nursing facility financially responsible for the woman's death.
Nurses play a vital role in patient care and safety in Oregon and across the United States. Unfortunately, even nurses can make mistakes. Victims and families affected by nursing negligence can take legal action and may have legal grounds to file a claim. A successfully litigated lawsuit could result in deserved financial relief to help families through this difficult time.
Source: bendbulletin.com, "Lawsuit: Bend nursing home responsible for woman's death; Resident died after being struck by laundry cart", Scott Hammers, Nov. 24, 2017