At The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, we firmly believe in every senior's right to be treated with dignity, respect, and exceptional care in nursing homes. It is heartrending when we see this principle violated, especially when negligence results in avoidable falls in nursing homes. This is a pressing issue for our elderly population and their families, and we strive to help you understand the problem, its causes, the nursing home's responsibilities, and your legal options.
As individuals age, their risk of experiencing a fall increases significantly due to a variety of factors. Unfortunately, the situation is especially critical for seniors living in nursing homes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 100 to 200 falls are reported annually in a nursing home housing 100 residents. What's more concerning is that these figures represent only the reported cases. Many incidents go unreported, making the actual numbers potentially far higher.
Several factors contribute to the high frequency of falls in nursing homes. Physical factors like:
Environmental hazards in the nursing home, such as:
can also lead to falls in nursing homes. Additionally, certain medications or improper medication management can cause dizziness or disorientation, increasing the fall risk.
After a fall in a nursing home, several injuries can occur, often due to the vulnerable nature of elderly individuals. Some common injuries that may result from a fall in a nursing home include:
Falls can lead to fractures, especially in areas such as the hips, wrists, arms, and ankles. Hip fractures are particularly common and can be severe, requiring surgical intervention and prolonged rehabilitation.
Falls can cause head injuries ranging from minor bumps and bruises to more severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Head injuries can lead to concussions, skull fractures, intracranial bleeding, or brain contusions.
These include sprains, strains, and bruises. Ligaments, tendons, and muscles may be stretched or torn, leading to pain, swelling, and limited mobility.
Falls can result in injuries to the back and spine, such as vertebral fractures or herniated discs. These injuries can lead to significant pain, nerve damage, and impaired mobility.
Falls can cause cuts and abrasions, especially if there are sharp objects or furniture nearby. These injuries can range from minor lacerations to deeper wounds requiring stitches or surgical intervention. If medical treatment is denied, these cuts could lead to severe infections.
Apart from physical injuries, falls can also cause emotional trauma and psychological distress, leading to fear of falling again, decreased self-confidence, and anxiety. Emotional trauma can negatively impact an individual's overall well-being.
It's important to note that falls in nursing homes are considered preventable incidents, and appropriate measures should be taken to minimize the risk of falls and subsequent injuries. This may include regular assessments of residents' mobility and balance, adequate staff supervision, environmental modifications, and individualized fall prevention strategies.
Nursing homes have a legal obligation to provide a safe and healthy environment for their residents. They should assess each resident's risk for falling and implement personalized fall prevention strategies. These measures might include physical therapy, appropriate medication management, adequate supervision, and maintenance of a safe environment.
If a nursing home fails in these duties and a resident suffers a fall injury as a result, the facility may be held liable. This is where the expertise of an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer is invaluable.
At The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, we have significant experience in handling cases of nursing home negligence, including fall injuries. If you or your loved one has suffered a fall in a nursing home, we will meticulously examine the circumstances surrounding the incident. If negligence is found, we will fight passionately to ensure that justice is served and that you receive the nursing home abuse lawsuit settlement you deserve.
We understand that no monetary award can truly compensate for the physical and emotional trauma caused by such an event. However, a successful legal action can cover medical expenses, provide for future care needs, and act as a deterrent, encouraging nursing homes to implement safer practices. Learning how to spot elder abuse is also a great way to be proactive in caring for your loved one.
Our seasoned team, led by John M. McCabe, stands ready to fight for justice on behalf of your loved ones. We not only assist in holding the responsible parties accountable but also work tirelessly to prevent further falls and injuries in nursing homes. Here’s how we can help:
We delve deep to investigate the circumstances of the fall. Our team gathers evidence, interviews witnesses, and consults with experts to build a strong case.
John M. McCabe, with years of experience in handling personal injury cases, offers expert legal advice that guides you through the legal maze, providing the assistance and support you need during this challenging time.
We approach each case with empathy and understanding, providing compassionate representation that upholds the dignity and rights of the elderly.
We tirelessly advocate for our clients to ensure they receive the maximum compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from falls in nursing homes.
At The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, we view our role as not only a legal representative but also as a guardian of the elderly community. Through our work, we aim to bring about positive change in nursing home practices, promoting a safer, more nurturing environment for our elders.
If you suspect that your loved one has suffered a fall due to negligence in a nursing home, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to offer support, guidance, and legal representation to secure the justice your family deserves.