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Nursing negligence can exist in mental hospitals

Mental illness can be devastating to the person who is suffering and also to the family and loved ones of the afflicted individual in Oregon. When a person needs to be hospitalized for his or her condition, family and loved ones trust the facility to provide a high level of care to their loved one. Sadly, this is not always the case and nursing negligence can occur.

In an out of state psychiatric hospital, conditions have been reported that are not up to accepted standards. The facility has been cited for health and safety code violations that range from assaults on staff to escapes and even a murder charge. A woman whose mother was admitted for treatment is suing the facility. She claims that her mother was a victim to numerous falls and assaults. The woman's mother complained that the nurses did not bathe her and that another patient had hit her.

As a result of the multiple falls, the woman broke her arm and her hip. Due to a nursing shortage, she did not receive adequate care. In lieu of hiring additional nurses, the facility hired nursing educators who do not see patients. The patient's daughter is suing the facility for abuse and neglect.

If a person in Oregon is concerned about the quality of care that a loved one suffering from mental illness is receiving, he or she may wish to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can review the circumstances of the situation and help to determine if nursing negligence is evident. The attorney can then advise his or her client on what legal options may be available.

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