Nursing Home Falls and Fractures
When a nursing facility fails to follow the proper standard of care and it results in a serious injury from a fall, the nursing home may be held responsible for the damages caused by their negligence.
If you feel this has happened to you or your loved one, call us at Carabin Shaw. Our Law Firm will fight for your rights. Call us for a free consultation at 1.800.862.1260.
The following are some examples of nursing home or other elder care facility mistakes which can, and sometimes do, contribute to or cause a fall injury include:
- The failure to use bed rails, floor mats, or other safety devices, or adjust the bed height appropriately based on knowable risk factors
- Any hazard hallways such as wet floors or cords from electrical or other medical equipment
- The staffs’ failing to adequately supervise residents and stop those at risk of falling from trying to move about without help or assistance
- Failing to have suck assistive devices available as operational bed buttons or call buttons, alarms to alert staff members when a resident attempts to move without proper help
- A resident being dropped while moving them as a result of lack of training or under staffing
All nursing homes must maintain an assessment of each resident. This report must indicate the functional capacity of the nursing home resident and must include a written plan of care which lays out an assessment of the resident’s risk of falling. Based on this assessment, proper steps must be taken to supervise the resident and provide safety devices to prevent fall injuries.
Federal law and nursing home regulations require that every new resident have this assessment done upon entry to the facility and to update this assessment with changes in residents’ medical conditions and even without this on a periodic regular basis.
If you feel that your loved one has been neglected or fallen unnecessarily in a nursing home, the nursing home, call us at Carabin Shaw, we will fight for your rights. Call 1.800.862.1260.