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Family Files Wrongful Death Suit After Couple Dies from Separate Falls at Oregon Nursing Home

The family of an elderly couple who died within 2 months of each other at a Eugene, Oregon nursing home has sued the facility, citing wrongful death as a result of the alleged incompetent and negligent care the couple received while living at the home.

Harvey and Maxine Hanson, 92 and 91 at the time of their deaths, were admitted to Avamere Riverpark of Eugene in March 2014. Both patients were classified as a high fall risk and despite Mr. Hanson’s doctor’s advice for physical therapy, Mr. Hanson managed to fall 13 times in the mere 8 months he resided at Avamere, never receiving the recommended therapies to reduce his risk. Mrs. Hanson fell at least 4 times while a resident.

Falls Just One of Many Disturbing Claims
In November 2014, Mr. Hanson fell and was transferred to hospice care. The hospice center, Signature Hospice, is also named as a defendant, with the lawsuit alleging that they gave pain medication without proper nutrition, ultimately causing him to die from a medication error. Maxine Hanson died two months after Mr. Hanson and 4 days after falling while a staff member pushed her in a wheelchair. The lawsuit alleges that negligence against her also includes a disturbing incident where fruit flies were discovered in her mouth from not receiving proper dental care. Both Mr. & Mrs. Hanson are also reported as having personal possessions stolen from them by staff members at Avamere.

A third defendant, Infinity Rehab, was also named in the lawsuit, for engaging in a fraudulent deal to share patients with Avamere, without making residents aware of this arrangement. Signature Hospice is also accused of having a similar setup with Avamere.

Prior Investigation Reveals a Pattern
As lawsuits often uncover, Avamere was found to have been reported to the Oregon Department of Human Services 20 times in the last 4 years alone for not preventing injuries sustained at their facility. Maxine and Harvey Hanson are just two examples of many in which Avamere is believed to have acted recklessly in caring for their residents.

The family of Maxine & Harvey Hanson is asking $2.7 million from the three defendants.