Every nursing care facility needs to take the time to design a fall prevention plan for each of their patients that takes into account all of the risks that are unique to that individual. Falls are the cause of broken bones, internal injuries and even death in severe cases. It is simply unacceptable for nursing care facilities to not take measures to ensure the safety of their patients at all times and the failure to create and implement a fall prevention plan puts every elderly patient in harm’s way. The Chicago Injury Center is committed to encouraging facilities to improve safety measures by holding homes accountable when their negligent acts lead to accidents that could have easily been prevented.
Causes of Falls
Nursing homes actually present numerous risks to patients that can cause falls, which is why it is that much more important that those who have conditions that could make them more prone to falling are given the attention and assistance that they need in order to prevent them from injuring themselves in a fall. The common causes of falls in nursing facilities include the following.
- Wet or slippery floors.
- Improper lighting.
- Objects that are out of place or left on the floor.
- Side effects from medications that affect balance or cause the patient to be faint.
- Improper walking aids.
- Failure to take proper safety measures when a patient sits or stands while getting out of bed or in and out of a wheelchair.
- Lack of bathroom or shower equipment that provides adequate fall prevention or assistance.
- Neglecting a patient who is prone to falls.
When to Consider Legal Action
Not all falls are preventable and accidents do happen— especially when people begin to get older and are more prone to falling. However, when a patient is prone to falling or it is determined that steps could have been taken to prevent a fall, the nursing care facility may be liable for your loved one’s injuries. If your loved one has fallen multiple times or you feel his or her fall was the result of poor care or inadequate fall prevention policies, contact the Chicago Injury Center today to speak with a nursing home injury lawyer for free about your case.
Our nursing home attorneys will gladly review the details of your case and tell you whether there is a case that can be brought against your loved one’s nursing facility. We will provide this service at no risk to you and won’t expect payment until we are able to collect compensation on your behalf. If we determine that you have a case, we will let you know more about your rights, how we would proceed with litigation and what you can expect from the process from beginning to end.