Many elderly people are at a risk for falling. Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities should be acutely aware of this. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) nearly half of all residents in nursing facilities fall each year. One in every three will fall 2+ times per year.
Elderly people and people with physical disabilities may be more likely to experience a fall. Falls often happen due to insufficient staff or poor conditions such as the following:
- Improper or missing gate around a bed
- Unstable bed wheels
- Wet floors
- Uneven flooring
- Failing to respond to a patient’s call button in a timely manner
- Improper staff training
- Not enough staff
Our hearts break each and every time we get a call learning about an injury due to a fall. We are here to help you and your family. Call us at 888-783-8378 for a free consultation.
Falls Resulting in Injuries
Unfortunately, family members may be unable to explain what has happened to them. That is why it is so important to keep an eye on your loved ones. Ask questions, and check in frequently. Keep an eye out for the following:
- Broken bones
- Concussions or other brain injuries
- Bruising and contusions
- Unexplained change in gait
- Pulled muscles and muscle strains
- Sudden change in cognitive functioning
- Hip or leg fractures
- Reduced quality of life
- Even death
Falls are not the only sign of neglect. Bedsores, malnutrition, dehydration, and bruising are all signs that your loved one might not be treated properly.
Can I sue the nursing home for my fall?
Yes, you can sue a nursing home for negligence in the case of a fall if proper precautions were not taken. Not all falls that occur in a nursing home are a result of neglect. An experienced nursing home negligence attorney needs to carefully review the medical records for documentation of known stability concerns and condition.
A fall at a nursing home may be a sign of neglect. If you or your loved one was injured in a care facility, contact The Ruth Law Team at 888-783-8378. We have 40 years of legal experience. Our attorneys help families affected by neglect and abuse in nursing homes.