When you first got the call, you weren’t thinking about the cause of your loved one’s nursing home fall. You were rightly focused on what the doctor was telling you. You were struggling to understand how one fall could have changed the course of your loved one’s life. You were torn apart by the news that she would likely never recover.
As the days passed, you became more confident in the care that your loved one was getting in the hospital. Together, you made the necessary medical decisions and developed a plan for the future, but you can’t stop thinking about the fall. What caused her to fall in the nursing home?
Was It Just an Accident—or Was it Something Else?
As a group, nursing home residents may be more likely to fall than the general population. They are older, they may have poor vision, they may be on medication, and they may have medical conditions that make falls more likely, for example. However, that doesn’t mean that every fall is an accident. Instead, nursing home staff may be liable for falls if they fail to provide a resident with reasonable care and that leads to a fall.
That can happen in many ways, including when:
- Nursing home staff fail to assess a resident’s risk of falling.
- Nursing home staff fail to implement a plan of action developed for a resident who is at risk of falling.
- Nursing home staff fail to respond to call button request from a resident.
- Nursing home staff fail to check on a resident with reasonable frequency.
- Safety equipment, such as handrails, is broken.
- There is poor lighting, debris left on the floor, or other dangerous conditions.
Of course, this list is not all-inclusive and a nursing home may be liable any time staff members fail to exercise reasonable care and a fall injury results.
What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Neglect Caused the Fall
If you think that your loved one was not reasonably cared for in her nursing home and that led to her fall injury, then it is important to learn more about your legal rights and possible recovery. It is important to protect her by finding out the truth and holding the nursing home liable for the harm that has been done. To learn more about this, please browse the related links on this page.