A nursing home advertises that it will be responsible for the safety of residents. When a person is admitted to a long-term care facility and at regular intervals afterward, the nursing supervisor is responsible for performing a risk assessment, including the resident’s risk of falling. Evidence of negligence leading to a nursing home fall and resulting fracture is often found in this risk assessment.
Not every nursing home fall is preventable, but measures must be taken to reduce the risk to a resident. The risk assessment must address the resident’s physical, mental, psychological, and medical conditions. This is a critical area, since an elderly patient with a broken hip, ankle, or wrist, a skull fracture, or another fall injury may never fully recover.
Every resident’s fall risk is complex and several measures should be taken to ensure the patient’s safety. Some examples of nursing home negligence include the following:
- After asking for help and getting no response, an elderly patient suffering from incontinence falls while attempting to get out of bed and to the toilet. This could be avoided by lowering the bed to the floor and leaving the bedrail down, by the use of special bed rails, or the use of a bed alarm.
- A bed or wheelchair transfer that should be performed by two staff members is attempted by a single nurse or aide (CNA), resulting in a transfer fall. Even when a transfer lift is used, it may be necessary to have two attendants help with a transfer, including moving a resident from a wheelchair to the toilet.
- A resident may be able to fall safely with protective pads in case of falls.
- Debris or a slippery floor causes a fall by a patient with no special falling risk.
At The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group, our attorneys have significant experience in preparing evidence and presenting a compelling case to firmly establish the fault of the nursing home to a judge or jury in New Jersey and other courts. With knowledge, expertise, and compassion, we have helped countless elderly individuals receive the compensation they need to recover from the injuries they have sustained as a result of nursing home negligence.
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If someone you care about has suffered a hip fracture, broken wrist, severe bruise, or other fall injury, and you would like to speak with one of our attorneys about an injury claim, please contact the Mount Laurel office of The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group to arrange a free and confidential consultation. In most cases, our services are contingency-based, meaning our client pays no attorney fees unless we recover damages on the client’s behalf.