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Alleged nursing negligence results in patient's death

Nurses in the state of Oregon are required to have years of schooling and training in order to treat and care for patients. However, this extensive training does not prevent mistakes from occurring. When a nurse fails to properly do his or her job, the patient suffers. Nursing negligence occurs when a nurse or nurses fail to take reasonable steps to prevent injury to a patient. A lawsuit was recently filed in another state after a patient died as a result of alleged negligence.

According to the lawsuit, the patient was being transferred from a bed to a chair when she was dropped by nurses at a medical care facility. The patient apparently suffered significant head injuries as well as hip and leg fractures as a result of the fall. The patient was admitted to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Unfortunately, the patient died only 12 hours after being admitted to the hospital. The cause of death was listed as cardio-respiratory distress and complications from a hip/pelvic fracture. The deceased patient's husband filed a lawsuit against the medical facility, alleging that negligence by nurses directly attributed to his wife's untimely death. The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $75,000 related to loss of retirement and Social Security benefits as well as related costs.

Unfortunately, more deaths occur each year as a result of nursing negligence than most people realize. Nurses play an important role in the day-to-day care of their patients, and because of this, negligent care is often magnified. Oregon residents who suffer the loss of a loved one as a result of nursing negligence have the right to take legal action. A successful lawsuit could result in much-needed financial relief to help families cope with the suffering that comes with losing a family member

Source:, "Lawsuit: Timber Ridge negligent in fall that caused Wilkes-Barre native's death", Joe Dolinsky, Jan. 24, 2017

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