Falls in Nursing Homes
Slip and fall accidents in nursing homes can happen for many reasons. In many cases, these incidents are entirely preventable, especially if they happen in nursing homes or other care environments. Caregivers have a duty to take extra precautions to ensure seniors have the proper footwear, medical devices, grab bars, and other help they need to avoid slipping and falling.The Risks for Seniors
Nursing home abuse and negligence attorneys see cases involving falls frequently and the consequences can be catastrophic. Seniors who are injured in falls can sustain:
- Hip fractures
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Bruises and lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
Unfortunately, some of the conditions which can occur with age, such as vision problems and mobility problems, can increase the risk of falls. At the same time, conditions such as osteoporosis can make seniors more prone to fractures and can make healing more challenging.
Proper supervision and support can help prevent injury. There are many ways nursing homes and other care environments can prevent slip and fall injuries, including:
- Proper supervision, especially during showers and baths
- Wall grab bars
- Sturdy flooring with nonslip surfaces
- Sturdy shoes
- Vision care and medical care to address any medications or conditions which can affect mobility and balance
- Good beds which allow seniors to get in and out bed without falling
- Call buttons which allow seniors to call for help if they need support or if they have fallen
- Walkers, canes, and other support as needed
If your loved one is in a nursing home or any care environment and has suffered injury in a slip and fall incident, it is important to investigate fully. Seniors who have sustained a fall should be treated by a medical professional at once.
If your elderly family member has suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident, the caregivers or nursing home may be liable for their injuries. To find out more, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation with a nursing home abuse and negligence attorney in our Hollywood, Homestead, or Miami offices.
Our law firm has helped recover tens of millions of dollars on behalf of thousands of families and injured individuals. With experience in trial cases and negotiations, we can handle your case every step of the way. In an initial free consultation, we can answer your questions and can help you understand whether you have a case. To get started in addressing your loved one’s injury and legal rights, contact Flaxman Law Group online or at 866-352-9626 to arrange your free consultation.