Dropping a nursing home patient can have far reaching and dire consequences while causing a lot of pain and suffering along the way. It is extremely important that staff members are properly trained on how to move a patient in and out of bed and from devices such as wheelchairs. The injuries sustained when a patient is dropped can be severe and require surgical intervention as the elderly are already at higher risk of fractures and other serious injuries as a result of sudden trauma. The Chicago Injury Center is a personal injury law firm in Illinois that represents the interests of all people living in nursing care facilities and fights on behalf of those injured in preventable accidents.
The Cause of Nursing Home Accidents Involving the Dropping of a Patient
Most patients who are dropped are being moved or transferred during the time of the accident, which is why great care and attention must be paid whenever a staff member moves a patient. Cases where a patient is often dropped include the following scenarios.
- The patient falls while being moved in or out of a wheelchair. This could be caused by failure to lock the wheels of the wheelchair, causing it to move during the transfer.
- The fall occurs while moving in or out of bed.
- The patient is dropped while being moved into the shower or the restroom.
- The transfer of a patient into or out of a vehicle results in a fall.
Injuries Caused by Patient Drops
Some of the injuries that are sustained by dropped patients are minor while others require immediate medical attention or lengthy procedures followed by a long recovery. The most common injuries seen in dropped patients include the following.
- Broken bones or joint displacements.
- Internal bleeding and damage to internal organs.
- Traumatic brain injury, if the patient strikes his or her head during the fall.
- Death as a result of the complications caused by the injuries sustained.
When medical care is required to treat wounds suffered because a patient was dropped, the nursing facility is responsible for providing compensation to cover the cost of treatment and recovery as well as for the pain and suffering that was caused by the accident. If upon further investigation, it is determined that the accident could have easily been avoided and was the result of negligent actions, a lawsuit may be brought against the owner of the facility as well as the persons responsible for the accident. The Chicago Injury Center’s team of nursing home injury lawyers specializes in the recovery of damages for those who have been injured due to these negligent acts.
If your loved one has been injured and you feel that the accident was the result of negligence on part of nursing care staff, contact us today for a free consultation. Our nursing home injury attorneys will be happy to discuss the details of your case and inform you of your rights and legal options. If for any reason we are unable to collect compensation on your behalf, our services and advice are absolutely free of charge.