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My mom was injured while at a Milwaukee nursing home. She had called a nurse for help getting to the bathroom. The nurse did not respond and she decided to go on her own. She slipped inside the bathroom and broke her hip. Since her injury, her health has declined. Is the nursing home responsible for her slip and fall accident?

It may be. The elderly are very vulnerable to slip and fall injuries. An injury from a fall, especially a hip fracture, can lead to a downward spiral in health. Nearly one fifth of senior citizens die within a year of a hip fracture.


Because falls are so dangerous, Wisconsin nursing homes have a special duty to prevent falls among their residents. Bathrooms should have raised toilet seats, grab bars, and non-skid floors to prevent falls. In addition, all nursing homes are required to create a fall prevention plan tailored to each resident. In many Wisconsin nursing homes, the plan consists of a “fall precaution” sticker that is placed on the resident’s door. This is not enough.


An adequate fall prevention plan should include a toileting program. This means that someone should be available to help with toileting needs any time of the day, and should be able to respond promptly. Your mother should not have had to wait for half an hour for assistance.


While it sounds like your family may have a Wisconsin slip and fall injury claim, we need more information. We will be able to better answer your question if you call our Milwaukee accident lawyers to discuss your mother’s situation. Call 800-800-5678 to schedule a free consultation.