A man has filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a nursing home where his father died. The father, an 83 year old nursing home resident, suffered from numerous falls over a period of six months. The falls lead to serious injuries including lacerations and a fractured hip. The hip fracture required surgery and ultimately, the resident died from complications of these injuries. The lawsuit alleges negligence on the part of Berkshire Nursing & Rehab Center, which caused the man’s injuries and death.
Nursing Home Falls
Indeed, nursing home falls are very common. Elderly patients fall more often for a number of reasons. In fact, the CDC, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention),as many as 75% of nursing home patients are the victim of a fall. Some people fall more than once and falls are more common among nursing home residents than among others of the same age in the general population. Knowing this, nursing homes must use care to ensure the safety of their residents. When they fail to provide a safe environment, the result may be a negligent fall.
Can Nursing Home Falls Be Prevented?
When determining whether nursing home falls can be prevented, you must first understand some of the most common causes of them. There are many reasons why nursing home residents may fall. Some reasons include:
· Muscle Weakness · Environmental Hazards · Medications · Difficulty Moving · Improper Use of Walking Aids
These factors can make falls more frequent among the elderly. However, falls can often be prevented. Special care must be taken to ensure that falls do not occur. Nursing home employees must be properly trained and facilities adequately staffed. Safety standards must be in place and safety equipment, such as grab bars, should be used.
When Fall Occur
Falls in a nursing home may be a sign of negligence. Although accidents may occur occasionally, they should be very few and far between. When a fall happens it can cause a great deal of medical injury. Cuts, bruises, and broken bones are the most common result of nursing home falls. Hip fractures are often a result of a fall. Hip fractures can be quite serious and many times require surgery. Surgical complications are more common among older individuals. Older patients take longer to heal after injuries and infections can also occur. The result can be devastating and may lead to death, as it did in this case.
Nursing Home Negligence Cases
Keeping your loved one safe is the primary function of nursing home facilities. When falls happen they are often due to negligence on the part of the nursing home and staff. If a fall occurs it is necessary to take action quickly. Get as much information as you can about the accident including the time and location of the incident as well as those present. An experienced attorney will review the situation and help investigate the fall. If the fall is the result of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and money for pain and suffering. Contact the skilled legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss the details of your case.
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