Seniors move into nursing homes and assisted living facilities for a variety of reasons. Some can no longer care for themselves adequately, some may require specialized or comprehensive care and attention, and some may have physical or cognitive limitations that preclude them from living independently. But all seniors in nursing homes have one thing in common: they are particularly vulnerable to falls, and those falls can and often do have catastrophic consequences.
When nursing homes and assisted living facilities fail to take necessary steps to minimize the risk of these falls, when they allow hazardous conditions, or when their neglect or indifference results in a resident falling and suffering a severe injury, they can be held accountable for their negligence. The Brothers Law Firm represents nursing home residents and their families who are suffering as a result of a nursing home fall.
Falls are a huge health risk faced by senior citizens generally and nursing home residents in particular. Consider these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
The problem is even worse in nursing homes. According to the CDC:
Falls are particularly dangerous for seniors and nursing home residents because many of them are frail or have vulnerabilities, conditions, or disabilities such that even minor falls can result in exacerbation of conditions and lead to further complications. Seniors’ bodies just do not handle or recover from trauma as effectively as they used to. Making matters worse, the fear of falling can cause seniors to reduce their movement and activity, which actually increases the chances of a fall.
While not all falls are preventable, many falls in nursing homes are the direct consequence of the failure to adequately protect residents from known risks or the presence of conditions which increase the likelihood of falls. Some of the conduct which can support a claim of nursing home negligence arising from a fall injury include:
At The Brothers Law Firm, we are committed to ensuring justice and demand respect for our seniors and their families. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a nursing home fall, please contact us at 281-491-3635 to arrange for your free initial consultation.