A 60-year-old former resident of an Oregon nursing home has filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against the nursing home, alleging that the gross negligence of its staff led to the need for his penis to be amputated. The man’s nursing home lawsuit seeks $9 million in damages.
The Factual Allegations
The plaintiff alleges in his nursing home gross negligence lawsuit that was filed on August 31, 2015 that he became a resident of the defendant Oregon nursing home on December 26, 2013, in order to receive proper care for a kidney infection. Despite the nursing home’s promise that it would provide appropriate care, the plaintiff alleges that the nursing home staff failed to timely and properly respond to his repeated complaints of bleeding and pain around the catheter in his penis.
The plaintiff alleges that he endured severe pain and lack of attention to his complaints involving his penis for twenty-five days, until he discharged himself from the defendant nursing home, against the nursing home staff’s advice, on January 20, 2014 and went to a local hospital, where the hospital’s medical staff diagnosed the man as having life-threatening sepsis and began immediate medical treatment. The man was also diagnosed with acute diastolic heart failure, kidney damage, anemia, and breathing problems.
Despite the hospital’s aggressive medical treatment, the man’s penis became gangrenous and had to be amputated in order to save the man’s life.
The plaintiff’s nursing home negligence lawsuit also names two nurses employed by the defendant Oregon nursing home as being responsible for the failure of the nursing home to provide timely and appropriate care. The two defendant nurses were disciplined in July 2015 by the Oregon Board of Nursing, which recommended the revocation of the nursing licenses of both nurses due to their improper care of the plaintiff and another resident of the defendant nursing home, according to reports.
The man’s nursing home gross negligence lawsuit seeks compensatory damages in the amount of $9 million, which includes medical expenses in the approximate amount of $2 million, lost wages, other economic damages, $6 million for his pain, suffering, and disfigurement, and $1 million for his wife for her claim of the loss of affection, society, assistance, and companionship of her husband.
Two days after the Oregon nursing home malpractice lawsuit was filed, a spokesperson for the defendant nursing home reportedly apologized for the lack of proper care provided to the plaintiff, stating that it had “reviewed our systems to understand what happened and will use what we’ve learned to better the services we deliver … in the rare instance we fall short, we take the issue very seriously … everyone within our family-run organization is deeply sorry for what [the plaintiff] went through, and we hope he and his family can move forward from these terrible circumstances.”
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries (or worse) in a nursing home in Oregon or in another U.S. state, you should promptly consult with an Oregon nursing home claim lawyer (or a nursing home negligence lawyer in your state) who may investigate your nursing home claim for you and represent you in a claim against a nursing home, if appropriate.
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