Is Your Loved One a Fall Risk?
As people get older, they require support in more areas of their lives. Many people who are in nursing homes are dependent on the staff to transfer them from one place to another, such as from bed to wheelchair. However, when a nursing home is short-staffed, many residents do not receive the support they need when being transported from one place to the next.
Nursing homes across the country are required by both federal and state laws to screen each resident for the risk of falling through what is called a fall-risk assessment. Unfortunately, many times these assessments are not done well and/or nursing home staff members do not abide by the safety rules for fall risk patients. Typically, untrained staff, facility understaffing, and/or staff member negligence cause nursing home patient falls.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 50 to 75 percent of the more than 1.5 million Americans ages 65 and older who live in nursing homes fall each year. About 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries.
Texas Nursing Home Residents Dropped by Staff
When a senior falls from their bed or is dropped during a transfer, one of the largest concerns is broken or fractured hips. Statistically, about 40 percent of the elderly who break their hips die from complications within a year. The unfortunate reality is that a fall or drop for a senior is often the “straw that breaks the camel’s back.”
If your loved one was dropped by a staff member at the nursing home, a San Antonio attorney who handles nursing home neglect and falls can help you hold the nursing home accountable for its negligence. Learn more about the representation we offer by scheduling your free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer. We can be reached online or by calling 210-787-3312.
Injuries Caused By Elderly Falls and Drops
- Functional decline
- Reduced independence
- Reduced quality of life
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Joint dislocations
- Soft tissue contusions and lacerations
Texas Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers
If your loved one suffered a fall from bed or was dropped because he or she did not have the necessary support from the nursing home staff, it is important to hold the nursing home accountable for its negligence. Pursuing legal action after you or a loved one has suffered a fall in a nursing home or hospital can result in compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. It can also force the hospital or nursing home to take steps to prevent additional accidents.
At the Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham, we aggressively pursue nursing homes and other medical professionals who cause injuries and death to innocent victims. We have over 25 years of experience handling medical malpractice matters, and we can help you receive the compensation you need.