Your loved one is in a nursing home for their safety and well-being. The nursing staff is duty bound to provide adequate supervision to keep residents safe and free from accidents and falls.
Yet, approximately 1,800 die every year from injuries related to falls, such as traumatic brain injury and broken bones, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Survivors are often left with permanent disabilities that further reduce their quality of life.
Why? Studies suggest nursing homes are notoriously understaffed, and this results in unsafe and negligent conditions.
In an eight-year U.S. governmental study federal health officials concluded that most nursing homes are understaffed to the point that patients may be endangered.
Signs of Negligence From Repeated Falls
Nursing homes are required to perform a fall-risk assessment on each patient checking for gait disorders and other problems that could lead to a fall, and each patient should have a fall-prevention plan in place. If your loved one has fallen repeatedly, that could be an indication of negligence and you have a right to question staff members and management about their duty of care. Does nursing staff respond to toileting needs in a timely manner? Are bedrails too high or too low? Are there tripping hazards on the floor, such as slippery rugs or cords? Is lighting adequate? Are wheelchairs properly maintained?
North Carolina Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Offer FREE Case Evaluation
If your loved one has been a victim of repeated falls due to nursing home negligence, contact us immediately or call 1-866-900-7078. You may be eligible for compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of care and family duties
- Loss of the victim’s earnings
- Wrongful death
- Funeral expenses for the victim