The elderly are at a higher risk of suffering fractures and this risk is often exacerbated in nursing care facilities when neglect or lack of proper training are the cause of accidents. The majority of the incidents involving broken or shattered bones are preventable and the healing process often involves expensive procedures and physical therapy that cause undue pain and suffering. The Chicago Injury Center is a personal injury law firm in Illinois focused on holding companies and staff members accountable whenever they fail to provide quality care or take the proper precautions to prevent injuries to patients.
Causes of Nursing Home Fractures
Many of the accidents that result in fractured bones involve the moment of a patient from one point to another, or allowing a patient to attempt moving without assistance or supervision. The most common causes of fractures include the following.
- Falls that occur when a patient attempts to move into or out of bed, into or out of a chair or wheelchair or when visiting the bathroom.
- Accidents involving wheelchairs, walkers or other devices that assist patients when walking.
- Dropping a patient while moving him or her, resulting in fractures and other serious injuries.
- Physical abuse.
- Failure to supervise patients who are at risk of falling or suffering from broken bones.
Treatment of Broken Bones for Older Patients
Recovery is a much more difficult and painful process for elderly patients who have suffered fractures because of the risk factors involved and bones that have become weakened due to age. Surgical intervention is often required and patients may be unable to use the affected area for a very long time. These treatments are not only expensive but are often painful while requiring extensive rehabilitation and physical therapy. Nursing care facilities are liable for any medical costs that are the result of negligent care.
The Chicago Injury Center has a dedicated team of nursing home injury lawyers who are dedicated to representing the interests of those injured due to poor quality of care. It is our belief that the most effective means of changing the system is to hold nursing care companies responsible whenever their decisions affect the quality of care and patients suffer as a result. If your loved one has suffered an injury while under the care of a nursing facility, one of our nursing home injury lawyers will gladly review the details of your case and investigate the matter more deeply on your behalf at no risk to you.
Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your rights and legal options before considering whether to pursue a case. You may be entitled to compensation for the cost of medical procedures related to the accident as well as any pain and suffering that occurred as a result. If we are unable to win or settle your case for you, there will be no charge for our services or counsel.