While the idea of nursing home negligence and abuse may make your skin crawl, the reality is that elderly individuals are often subjected to abuse and negligence in a nursing home facility on a daily basis. Elderly individuals are usually unable to defend themselves, and are especially vulnerable. Nursing home facilities and their staff members may take advantage of this. These cases are much different than traditional premises liability (slip and fall) cases, and should be trusted with seasoned, professional counsel provided by a nursing home negligence attorney in Portland and Beaverton.
See the most commonly asked questions about nursing home negligence and abuse:
- What should I do if I suspect my loved one is being neglected in his or her nursing home?
The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse, is that abuse and neglect take many forms. Be it emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, your recourse for assisting your loved one remains largely the same.
As with all personal injury cases, if your loved one is injured, it’s imperative to get them to a doctor as soon as possible. After your loved one has seen a doctor and been treated, you can talk to the admin or head nurse who manages your loved one’s nursing home and raise your concerns.
From there, contact a Portland nursing home negligence attorney and discuss next steps. Your negligence lawyer will remain neutral and help you assess the situation without being emotionally involved.
To report a nursing home you suspect of abuse, you can contact Oregon’s Adult Protective Services (ADP) at 1-800-522-2602.
- What are my rights on removing my loved one from their Oregon nursing home?
You can remove your family member at any time. The only thing that may impede you moving your loved one to a new nursing home in Oregon are some nursing homes receive subsidies from the state—if your family member needs to be placed in one of these nursing homes, they rely heavily on availability.
If you need to check on the reputation of a nursing home to determine if it’s a good fit for your loved one, you can call Oregon’s ADP at 1-800-522-2602.
- What happens after I report my Beaverton nursing home negligence claim?
Depending on the level of abuse or neglect involved, an investigation will be held after you report your Beaverton nursing home negligence claim. Oregon’s Adult Protective Services will interview you, your loved one, and the nursing home staff. From there, they will determine if the claim you’ve brought to their attention is substantiated. If it is, the state may press charges against the nursing home depending on the severity of the claim.
ADP will also issue a public report of the incident. This information will be used by future residents’ caregivers to determine if the nursing home in question is a good fit.
- What are some typical nursing home negligence cases? How do I know if my situation warrants a Beaverton nursing home negligence attorney?
Every case is different, but there are warning signs to check for if you suspect your loved one is experiencing nursing home neglect in Portland or Beaverton. Look for any unexplained injuries, bed stores, broken bones, if he or she is falling more than usual, or if there’s been a drastic change in appearance of behavior. These are all signals of larger issues that should be investigated.
A few scenarios we’ve seen at Paul Galm law include:
- A dementia patient’s adult child became concerned when she saw that her mother was writing multiple large checks to the spouse of one of the nursing home staff. This is considered abuse since the dementia patient could not make financial choices for herself, and was taken advantage of by the staff member.
- A nursing home patient slipped and fell in the bathroom after calling for help and was not assisted. His care plan indicated he must be checked on every 2 hours, but by the time his adult child found him in the bathroom after falling and sustaining an injury, he had been in there much longer.
As we have shown above, nursing home negligence has many faces, but can include:
- Failure to bathe, dress and otherwise assist elderly individuals who cannot maintain standards of personal hygiene
- Failure to provide adequate nutrition and hydration
- Failure to provide a safe and clean environment for patients
- Leaving a patient in the same position too long, causing bed sores
- Failure to provide physical exercise based on the patient’s abilities
- Failure to treat cuts and sores properly, resulting in infection
- Failure to administer the patient’s necessary medication
- Failure to provide patients with emotional stimulation
If you suspect a loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence, it is essential that you contact an experienced Portland negligence attorney as quickly as possible.
Paul C. Galm is well versed in negligence law and is familiar with the often unnoticeable signs of nursing home negligence. He will thoroughly investigate your claim, speak with nursing home staff, inspect the facility and speak with your loved one if possible.