Nursing home falls often aren’t simple accidents but the results of staff negligence.

Was your loved one’s fall in a nursing home 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 her legal rights and possible recovery from this form of nursing home neglect. 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 read our FREE book, Guide for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Victims: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Legal Rights and Get Every Dollar You Deserve, and start a live chat with us at your convenience.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.