U.S. News reported that the family of an 86-year-old woman who suffered a wrongful death following a fall is suing a nursing home for $1.27 million. On Dec. 24, 2015, the woman fell while getting out of bed, striking her head on the sink and tile floor. She died later that night. The Oregon Department of Human Services found in a subsequent investigation that staff acted negligently and failed to provide necessary care and a safe environment.
The lawsuit claims that although the woman’s care plan required at least one person to help her out of bed and to use the restroom, the staff repeatedly didn’t respond in time to help the woman. This is a violation of the doctor’s orders and safety standards. The Statesman-Journal reports the wrongful death lawsuit, accuses the staff at Avamere Court of negligence and abuse of a vulnerable person.