When Nursing Homes Fail To Prevent Falls

You may have spent months selecting a nursing home for your loved one and truly believed that he or she would be happy and safe at the facility you chose. That's why it may come as a shock to learn that your loved one suffered a fall and serious or fatal injuries.

Unfortunately, many nursing homes and assisted living facilities fail to adequately address fall hazards and, consequently, put the safety and very lives of residents at risk. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, our lawyers help nursing home residents and their families identify safety defects and inefficiencies that led to a fall accident and take legal action to hold negligent parties responsible.

Did A Nursing Home Fail To Keep Your Loved One Safe?

From hip and knee pain to dementia and Alzheimer's disease, a large percentage of nursing home residents experience physical and cognitive impairments that make it more difficult for them to get around on their own and also more vulnerable to suffering falls.

To provide for the physical safety of residents and prevent falls, it's very important that nursing homes train staff members to identify and assess fall risks and take steps to prevent falls and other injuries. Additionally, it's important that staff members respond quickly and appropriately when falls do occur to ensure that a resident receives the prompt medical attention and care that could mean the difference between life and death.

Sadly, some nursing homes fail to adequately address fall hazards and factors that may contribute to a resident's fall include:

  • Obstructions in doorways, hallway, exits and stairwells
  • Uneven or slippery floor surfaces
  • Leaving residents alone and without assistance for long periods of time
  • Failure to properly use bedrails and other safety equipment

Get Help With Your Nursing Home Negligence Case

Falls in nursing homes are largely preventable and individuals and families who believe that a nursing home failed to take measures to keep a resident safe and prevent falls can take legal action. Important questions that must be answered after a loved one's fall and that can play an important role in your case include:

  • Was the facility adequately staffed?
  • Was a resident properly assessed for fall risk?
  • Was a fall prevention plan in place and, if so, were its directives followed?
  • Was the resident taken to the hospital for a full exam?

If your loved one suffered harm, loss, injury or death due to a fall in a nursing home, call an attorney at our firm at 215-822-7575 or toll free at 800-358-9367 or contact us online. We will evaluate your case and take steps to recover compensation.