Many elderly patients in nursing homes have limited physical mobility, which can increase their risk of an accidental fall, and many falls also result from the negligence of health care employees or the nursing home itself. If your loved one has suffered a fall in a nursing home due to negligence, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Falls and resulting injuries account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for nursing home patients, according to the CDC, and unfortunately it is believed that many of these incidents are ultimately unreported, meaning that available statistics account for only a fraction of the total number of falls which occur each year. Falls can result in a wide range of injuries, from bruises and bone fractures to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and loss of independence, and an estimated 16% to 27% occur due to “environmental hazards” within the nursing home, such as inadequate lighting, wet floors, improper bed-height, or defective or improperly-fitted wheelchairs.
Just as nursing homes must have strict protocols for physically transferring patients in and out of wheelchairs, they should also have fall-prevention programs in place to reduce the risks of these accidents. All staff members should be properly trained to prevent falls and the circumstances which lead to them, but when staff members do not abide by or are not properly trained in these programs, accidents and injuries can result from the negligence of the staff members or the facility itself.
Studies show that falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among those aged 65 years or older, and they also account for about 87% of all bone fractures in elderly patients. When a fall results directly from the nursing home’s negligence, your loved one deserves to be fully compensated for all injuries and losses, including medical expenses and pain and suffering.
If your loved one has been injured in a fall in a nursing home due to negligence, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation. We are a personal injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.