Having to commit a loved one to an Oregon nursing home can be a very difficult and emotional decision. Once the decision is made, a family hopes they are making the right decision for their loved one and that they have found the best care possible. When that care falls short mistakes and accidents can occur that can end in a case of nursing negligence.
This was the situation in a recent death in a nursing home in another state. A male patient had been admitted to the home and was left unsupervised while eating a meal. The patient choked on his food. The choking caused a brain injury and a heart attack that resulted in the patient's death.
The family has brought a lawsuit against the nursing home. The suit cites a 'reckless disregard' for the patient's health, safety and well-being. The suit further states that the facility should have been aware that there were employees who were not equipped or qualified to provide the appropriate level of care.
Losing a loved one in Oregon is always difficult. When it may have been preventable it can be so much worse. If a family has concerns about the circumstances of a loved one's passing, they may want to seek the counsel of an experienced medical malpractice attorney. A lawyer can serve as a calming presence in a situation fraught with emotion. A knowledgeable attorney can review the circumstances of the case and determine if nursing negligence was a contributing factor and inform the loved ones of what legal paths are open to them.