Elder and Nursing Home Abuse
When you place a loved one in the care of a nursing home, you hope that their needs will be met and they will be cared for. Unfortunately, negligence and outright abuse in nursing homes are all too common. Although there are federal and state regulations designed to protect the elderly, violations of these laws occur every single day, tragically compromising the health, well-being and dignity of society’s most vulnerable members.
The attorneys at Nursing home abuse and negligence comes in many different forms. The attorneys of Johnson Johnson & Schaller in Eugene, Oregon have represented injured nursing home residents and the families of those wrongfully killed in cases involving:
- Bed Sores, Pressure Sores, Decubitus Ulcers
- Wandering and Elopement
- Physical or Sexual Assault or Abuse
- Physical or Chemical Restraints
- Verbal Abuse
- Malnutrition or Dehydration
- Medication Errors
- Other Physical Injuries
- Financial Exploitation
Our law firm has represented many victims of nursing home abuse. In one case, our attorneys represented four seniors who were physically abused at a Eugene nursing home. All four were physically punched or beaten, one of them was deprived of food after being punched, and one was left lying in her own body waste. We resolved three of the claims out of court, and one case went to arbitration.
We also represented a woman with a history of falling. Her doctor ordered that she must be secured each time she was in a wheelchair, but staff at the nursing home failed to follow the orders. She repeatedly sustained injuries from her falls. Eventually, she fell and was so badly injured that she died within a couple of weeks. The Willamette Valley family turned to our firm, and we successfully resolved the case. To read about these cases, and an article regarding how elder abuse claims are handled in our courts, go to our Fall 2007 Newsletter.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect:
- Frequent falls
- Pressure Sores
- Unexplained injuries such as bruises or broken bones
- Changes in behavior
- Over medication
- The inability of a caretaker to sufficiently explain the patient’s condition
If your loved one is living in a nursing home and has experienced any of these issues, they may be the victim of abuse or neglect. Our experienced trial attorneys have successfully represented nursing home residents and their families for over twenty years and can help you seek justice. Contact us online, or call us at 541-484-2434 or 800-783-2434 to discuss your legal options. All initial case consultations are free and completely confidential.
At Johnson Johnson & Schaller PC, we help people throughout Oregon, including the cities of Eugene, Portland, Springfield, Corvallis, Medford, Salem, Bend, Lincoln City, The Dalles, Roseburg, Albany, Ashland, Florence, Coos Bay, Grants Pass, and Junction City; Benton County, Deschutes County, Jackson County, Josephine County, Lane County, Multnomah County, Washington County, Linn County, Clackamas County, Marion County and Hood River County; the states of California and Washington and throughout Central Oregon, Southern Oregon, the Oregon Coast and the Willamette Valley.