Unexplained falls in nursing homes often result in serious injury, including fractures and death. Some falls are purely accidental and could not have been prevented. However, to protect your loved one from future injury, it’s imperative to understand if unexplained falls were caused by negligence or abuse.
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Did the Nursing Home’s Negligence or Abuse Cause the Fall?
We hear this question quite often, “Did the nursing home’s negligence or abuse cause the fall that resulted in fractures?” Unfortunately, we often have to answer this question in the affirmative. Many injuries, including fractures, could have been prevented if the nursing home had acted reasonably. Appropriate training, staffing, protocols, tools, equipment, precautions, and supervision prevent many falls.
Why You Need to Take an Unexplained Fall Seriously
When an elderly person falls, it’s often leads to a significant deterioration of health and general well being. In fact, falls often lead to:
- Lack of confidence
- Broken bones (especially hip fractures)
- Torn and strained muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Pressures sores from being bedridden
We Encourage Loved Ones of Nursing Home Residents to Be on the Lookout for These Telltale Warning Signs
If these signs are present, your loved one’s fall may have been caused by the nursing home’s negligence or abuse:
- History of complaints against the nursing home, in general
- History of abuse and neglect complaints
- History of medicine administration mistakes
- Understaffing and a general lack of supervision and assistance
- Lack of appropriate safety and medical equipment
- Broken equipment
- Dim lighting
- Slip and fall hazards
Are there General Signs of Abuse?
Observe your loved one during visits and telephone calls. If you notice any of the following, nursing home abuse and neglect may be occurring:
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Broken bones
- Unexplained trips to the emergency room
- Loss of hair
- Poor hygiene
- Weight loss
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Fear and anger
- Rocking or other infantile behaviors
- Physical or emotional withdrawal
- Missing personal items
- Unusual financial transactions
- Unexplained change in estate planning documents