Can I sue if my loved one fell in a nursing home?
As people age, they generally become less agile and coordinated which often results in them becoming more prone to falling. Did you know that “falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans” [Source: National Council on Aging (NCOA)]? In fact, the NCOA estimates that one in four Americans aged 65 and older fall each year.
To help clarify just how common falls are among older adults, the NCOA says that for every 11 seconds that pass, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies. Although falls are a common occurrence among the aging population, they can be prevented, even in nursing homes. “Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based fall prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.” And with the proper supervision and assistance being provided in nursing homes, residents living in these facilities also reduce their chances of falling as well.
Unfortunately, many nursing homes in the U.S. are understaffed and there aren’t enough workers to tend to and monitor the residents living there. This often results in bedridden residents being left without help to get up and others forced to try and move on their own without the assistance they should be receiving. When a nursing home resident falls and the incident could have been prevented had the staff been watching them as they were required to do so, they may be held liable to compensate an injured resident for their pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more.
One of the main reasons why aging individuals move into nursing homes is because they require help with simple tasks like getting up and down, bathing, eating, and changing their clothes. When staff members neglect to provide them with the assistance they deserve and pay for, they can be recognized for neglect and the facility could be sued.
Do I need to hire an Albuquerque, NM nursing home abuse and neglect attorneyif my loved one fell as a result of them being neglected?
You should definitely consider retaining legal counsel after learning that your loved one was neglected and fell as a result. Falls not only lead to broken bones and hip fractures, but they can also cause a person to suffer from a head injury or other serious medical conditions. Some elderly individuals even become fearful of falling again and begin cutting down on their everyday activities, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The truth is, falls are a serious matter as they can place an aging individual’s life at risk. If your loved one fell as a result of being neglected or even mistreated, the Albuquerque, NM nursing home abuse lawyers at the Law Office of Brian K. Branch are available to discuss with you what your legal rights are as well as how you can hold the facility accountable.
You can reach the Law Office of Brian K. Branch at:
715 Marquette Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102