Injuries from Falls at Nursing Homes
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Orlando, Florida
Nursing homes have a responsibility to provide attentive care to their
resident patients. Part of this duty is to ensure that patients are properly
supervised so that they do not fall and injure themselves. While falls
are entirely preventable, they sadly make up more than 25 percent of emergency
room visits among nursing home patients. According to the CDC, many falls
in nursing homes go unreported. Falls are considered one of the biggest
problems in nursing homes.
If your loved one has fallen in a nursing home because they were not being
properly supervised, you may have grounds for legal action. Consult with
an Orlando nursing home abuse attorney at The Maher Law Firm to talk about
You may be entitled to compensation.
Contact us to tell us about your potential case.
Causes & Consequences of Falls
In elderly patients, fall injuries can have serious or even life-threatening
implications. The CDC estimates that between one-half to three-quarters
of nursing home patients will experience at least one fall in a year,
with as many as 20% of these falls resulting in injury. Approximately
1,500 nursing home residents die annually due to injuries from falls.
Many falls in nursing homes result because the facility is understaffed
or because the staff did not take the time to perform an assessment of
a patient’s fall risk. Falls are also the result of unsafe conditions
in the facility, including wet and slippery floors or poor lighting. A
fall can cause an elderly patient to suffer painful fractures, bruising,
disability, anxiety and depression, and loss of quality of life.
Other common causes of falls in nursing homes include:
- Damaged or inadequate walking aids
- New medication
- Changes in medication
- Improper foot care
- Muscle weakness
Pursuing Justice for Your Loved One
A well-run and effective nursing facility should be able to prevent the
majority of fall accidents. When a preventable fall occurs, the nursing
home may be guilty of negligence and therefore be liable for their patient’s injuries.
The Maher Law Firm represents nursing home residents and their families
in personal injury lawsuits against
negligent care facilities. Trusted in our community for more than 40 years, we have a passion for
pursuing justice in elder abuse cases. We have recovered billions of dollars
on behalf of our clients and have been included among the “Best
Law Firms” by U.S. News.
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