Nursing Home Falls
Nursing Home Falls Can Lead To Serious Injuries
Older and infirm nursing home residents frequently struggle with balance and stability. One of the most common accidents in New Mexico nursing homes are falls, which can lead to severe injuries for the fall victim. Unfortunately, many residents never fully recover from an accident that may have been preventable. Instead they must live with reduced mobility and a diminished quality of life.
If your loved one suffered a fall caused by negligent nursing home conditions or staff, the lawyers at Berenson & Associates, PC can help you hold them accountable.
On average, nursing home residents are involved in two to three falls annually. Between 10 and 20 percent of elderly fall victims suffer a serious injury, including traumatic brain injuries, hip fractures and internal bleeding. In many cases, the falls in nursing homes could be prevented by having appropriate care, supervision and equipment.
Residents may suffer a fall when the nursing home:
- Fails to provide sturdy handrails in hallways, rooms and bathroom areas
- Fails to use safe handling procedures for transferring patients
- Uses inadequate lighting in hallways and rooms
- Has uneven, slippery or wet floors
- Uses unstable furniture
- Commits a medication error or uses chemical restraints, causing a loss of balance
- Fails to consistently supervise patients
Often, nursing home falls go unreported, so family members may not even be aware of the accident until well after the incident occurred. If you see unexplained bruises or other bodily injuries, your loved one may have fallen.
Let Us Help You Hold Them Accountable
When a nursing home commits elder neglect and your loved one experiences a fall because of their substandard care, you can take action. Discuss your legal options during a complimentary consultation with an attorney. To schedule an appointment at our Albuquerque office, call us at 505-227-8315 or reach us by email.