Have You Seen Evidence of Hip Fractures in Your Loved One from Nursing Home Negligence?
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Hip fractures in nursing homes are very common. Sometimes those fractures are inevitable; but if they weren’t, nursing home abuse or neglect may be the cause. Hip fractures, and the negligence or abuse that led to them, must be taken seriously for two reasons:
- A fall, and its resulting hip fracture, often leads to serious medical complications, including death.
- Future abuse or negligence must be prevented.
Did the Nursing Home’s Negligence or Abuse Cause the Hip Fracture?
Legal negligence, including the employment of an abusive employee, can be proven in 4 steps:
- The nursing home must have a duty to provide a safe environment for their residents.
- The nursing home must have failed to fulfill its duty or failed to act reasonably in fulfilling its duty. This is called a “breach” of duty.
- The breach resulted in injury to a resident.
- The injury resulted in a loss. This loss is called “damages.”
What You Should Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Negligence
It’s up to you to identify that nursing home negligence or abuse may have occurred, causing your loved one to fracture a hip. Then, take these steps:
- Take action to make sure your loved one is now safe. This may include reporting the incident to the nursing home administrator, filing a complaint, and/or moving your loved one to a different facility.
- Consult with a qualified personal injury attorney who has experience dealing with nursing home abuse and negligence. Your attorney will evaluate your case and answer your questions.
Why You Need to Take a Hip Fracture Seriously
Not only may a hip fracture be a sign of negligence in and of itself, a hip fracture is a serious medical condition. It can lead to:
- Lack of confidence
- Broken bones (especially hip fractures)
- Pressures sores from being bedridden
- Torn and strained tendons, muscles, and ligaments