Falls & Fractures
Nursing Home Neglect Can Contribute to Falls and Fractures
Hayward, California Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers
Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to falls resulting in bone fractures (broken hips, broken arms and broken wrists). A hip fracture is particularly dangerous for elders; often their condition will go downhill quickly after such a fracture. It is especially important to take all precautions to avoid falls.
When a senior citizen enters a long-term care facility (assisted living facility, nursing home or skilled care facility), a Fall Risk Assessment is part of the medical care plan developed by the doctor.
The Fall Risk Assessment is used to determine how much help or supervision the elder needs with walking or other daily tasks.
- If the senior is vulnerable to falling, a walker or cane and assistance with walking may be part of the care plan.
- If the senior could fall out of bed, bed rails may be required and possibly physical restraints to prevent the elder from getting out of bed on their own.
If your loved one suffered broken bones or other serious injuries from a fall in a nursing home, we can help you get the facts.
Contact the elder law attorneys at the Law Offices of Suizi Lin. Call us at (510) 689-1988 for a free initial interview.
A serious fall and fracture can result from:
- Failing to properly supervise a resident when he or she is walking in the hall (especially when the nursing home is understaffed)
- Failing to use restraints properly to keep the resident in bed until help can arrive
- Failing to follow the medical care plan by providing a walker or cane or failing to have proper transfer equipment on hand
- Failing to train staff properly on how to transfer a resident from bed to wheelchair and accidentally dropping the person
We handle elder abuse cases on a contingency fee-basis. That means we do not charge you a fee unless we get results for you.
To learn more about how we can help you after a family member has suffered injury from a fall, contact our office by e-mail or call us at (510) 689-1988.