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Alleged nursing negligence leads to death of elderly patient

Nursing facilities in Oregon and across the country provide daily care on a personal level and are great for patients that do not need to stay in a hospital but also cannot live alone at home. Like all medical facilities, nursing facilities depend on well-trained and skilled professionals to provide care for their patients and residents. However, these days, high patient volumes and over-worked nurses may lead to nursing negligence.

Recently, a man died at a nursing facility in another state and a recently-filed lawsuit alleges that negligence led to the man's wrongful death. The man was a resident at the nursing home and, according to the lawsuit, fell out of bed and broke his hip only two days into his residency. The lawsuit claims that the man had a history of falls and was found on the floor of another patient's room. Allegedly, the staff placed the man in a wheel chair and took him back to his room where it was noticed he had a hip fracture.

The man was taken to a hospital where he died 16 days later, the lawsuit says. The plaintiffs claim that, upon the man's arrival at the nursing home, the staff said that an alarm would be placed on the man's bed as well as alarmed floor mats next to the bed. The lawsuit accuses the facility and staff of negligence and claim that the staff was aware of the man's history of falls but did not appropriately care for the man.

Nurses play a vital role in the day to day care of patients, so any mistake made by nurses can directly affect the safety and well-being of patients. Those in Oregon affected by nursing negligence may be able to take legal action. A successful lawsuit could result in compensation to help families through this difficult time.

Source: registerguard.com, "Junction City care facility accused of negligence in lawsuit over patient death", Alisha Roemeling, Jan. 12, 2018

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