Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse – Falls

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse – FallsMany residents in nursing homes lack the mobility, balance and strength to safely walk or move about the facility. Accordingly, it’s important that nursing home employees and caregivers properly monitor residents so that they don’t fall. Unfortunately, in most modern nursing homes, where profits are valued more than the quality of care, the kind of monitoring necessary to avoid injury simply doesn’t take place. Most nursing homes are under-staffed, and a large percentage of nursing home workers lack the necessary skills or training to ensure a safe environment for residents.

One of the biggest risks for a nursing home resident is injury in a fall, whether from a bed or while trying to cross a room or walk down a hall. Under Medicare rules, when a person is admitted to a nursing home facility, the nursing home is required to conduct an assessment to determine their potential fall risk. Many facilities simply don’t perform this assessment or they fail to conduct it properly. As such, they have no idea of the potential for injury in a fall.

Many other nursing homes know of potential fall risks, but fail to take appropriate precautions to minimize the risk. Alarms are available that can be placed on a patient’s bed, indicating risk of a fall. Many nursing homes have slippery linoleum or tile floors, and could reduce the risk of falls simply by installing mats or by providing residents with non-slip socks.

Studies also show that nursing homes seldom engage in patient or family education, helping residents take the initiative to minimize the risk of injury.

When you are looking for an attorney to help you hold a nursing home facility accountable for injuries suffered by a loved one, it’s extremely important that you retain someone with extensive and recent experience handling these types of claims. Nursing home neglect and abuse claims involve working with a complex set of state and federal regulations, including Medicaid and Medicare issues. A personal injury lawyer without meaning experience handling nursing home abuse claims will likely lack the knowledge and experience to fully protect your interests.

    Other Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Topics

    Latest Article


      Find Leading Attorneys in Your Area


          Talk to an Attorney

          How It Works

          • Briefly tell us about your case
          • Provide your contact information
          • Choose attorneys to contact you

          About GetLegal

          Our mission at GetLegal is to develop a family of sites that constitute the most useful, informative, reliable and exciting collection of legal resources on the web. We are constantly working to expand and improve many resources we offer to legal professionals and the public.

          List Your Law Firm in the GetLegal Attorney Directory
          Advertise With Us
          Newsletter Sign-Up

          By submitting information to this site, you give permission to GetLegal, or a partner of GetLegal, to contact you by email.

          © 2008-2022 LawConnect, Inc. All rights reserved. Sitemap | Copyright/DMCA Policy | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Disclosures/Disclaimers