Nursing Home Falls and Fractures
You are probably aware of disturbing accounts of people sustaining serious injury from nursing home facilities throughout in the U.S. You have, most likely, even heard of such horrifying stories closer to home in the San Antonio area. Sadly, nursing home falls and fractures that occur due to those types of falls happen all too often. Has this situation, or something similar, happened to you or a loved one? The attorneys at Carabin & Shaw are here to help.
San Antonio is a fast-growing city, and in addition to the city’s fast-pace growth, our life-expectancy is also growing. With that comes an increased in the need for quality elder care facilities. At Carabin & Shaw our attorneys have seen that a number of facilities have fallen short of meeting the very needs of this steady and predictable growth in our San Antonio and surrounding area population.
Our lawyers know that when the nursing home fails to follow the proper standard of care expected from such a facility, it could result in serious injury. The nursing home may be held responsible for the damages caused by their negligence and lack of care for you or your loved ones.
Maybe such an unfortunate experience, such as, nursing home falls and fractures has already happened to you or your loved one in a San Antonio area facility. 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 hazardous hallways, such as, wet floors, cords from electrical or other medical equipment
- The staff’s failing to adequately supervise residents and stop those at risk of falling from trying to move about without help or assistance
- Failing to have such 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 resident’s medical conditions and even without this, check in with the resident on a periodic regular basis. Do you feel you or your loved one didn’t receive the proper care you should have? If you feel you or your loved one has experienced nursing home falls and fractures, contact our attorneys at Carabin Shaw for a free consultation at 1.800.862.1260.
We understand how intimidating it can be and how hurtful it can feel for families to have to go against the facility that was supposed to be there for you or your family member especially after neglect or a fall that could have been avoided. You and your loved ones deserve quality care for a quality life.
You want someone who understands this situation. Our law firm will be on your side. Our attorneys at Carabin Shaw will fight for your rights. You do not have to be a victim of negligence or unnecessary roughness at the hands of nursing home neglect. Let one of our lawyers be your trusted San Antonio nursing home fracture attorney. Call 1.800.862.1260.