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Friday, August 21, 2020

Why Are Nursing Home Falls with Injuries So Rampant?

If your loved one has suffered a fall in a nursing home and been seriously injured as a result, you may be wondering, even after receiving an explanation from those in charge, how the accident happened in a place tasked with keeping your relative safe. There are many reasons patients in nursing homes fall. Certainly the elderly and infirm are more prone to falls and fall injuries than the population at large. Unfortunately, however, in too many cases, falls in nursing homes are the result of negligence and/or premises liability.

If your family member is located in the Bronx, Ryan S. Goldstein, an excellent personal injury attorney who handles both premises liability and malpractice cases, is ready to leverage his legal acumen to fight for the compensation your loved one is entitled to. Mr. Goldstein is firmly committed to holding responsible parties accountable for the damage they have caused and protecting the rights of you and your family.

Reasons Nursing Home Patients Fall

As mentioned, there are several reasons that nursing home patients fall more frequently than other people, as well as why they are typically more severely injured.

Internal Factors

Aging may negatively affect their:

  • Balance
  • Bone density
  • Memory and sense of direction
  • Thickness of their skin
  • Vulnerability to dehydration
  • Spatial judgment
  • Vision, hearing, reaction time
  • Ability to assess a dangerous situation
  • Mobility and gait

Nonetheless, according to the CDC, between one-half and three-quarters of nursing home residents fall each year -- twice the rate of falls for older adults who live in the community. Clearly, there are other dangers at play in the nursing home environment.

External Dangers Present in Nursing Homes

The CDC also reports that nearly one-quarter of nursing home residents fall because of untended or unmarked environmental hazards in the establishment itself. These include: wet floors, poor lighting, improperly fitted or maintained wheelchairs, or beds at improper heights for the patients who use them. In addition to these premises liability factors, nursing home residents may be endangered by:

  • Staff that improperly assessed the patient’s risk of falling
  • Staff that had difficulty lifting or supporting the patient, or was careless, and actually let the patient fall
  • Staff that was angry or malicious and actually assaulted the patient or allowed her to be assaulted by another
  • Staff that was improperly trained to handle patients who are lethargic or argumentative patients

Or by:

  • Being over-medicated, often deliberately for the convenience of the short-handed nursing home staff
  • Not having their needs met for extended periods until they try to walk unattended to get food or drink, reach the bathroom, or simply look for companionship
  • Having electronic signals, such as help buttons and devices that indicate patients have gotten out of bed, ignored until there is a catastrophe

Although in the above examples the nursing home clearly bears responsibility for the patient’s fall, you will need an aggressive medical malpractice/slip and fall attorney to assist you in your fight to obtain the substantial damages your loved one deserves.

Why Nursing Home Falls Are Unreported or Misreported

Although nursing homes are healthcare facilities, they are still profit-making establishments and typically keep their costs as low as possible by remaining short-staffed and meeting only minimal standards of care.

Though legally responsible for reporting fall injuries to government agencies as well as to the families of patients, they are often delinquent in this regard. Unfortunately, it is by no means uncommon for family members to find cuts or bruises on their loved ones that staff members are unable or unwilling to account for.

Sometimes, a staff member will intentionally misreport such injuries, blaming them on the patient’s own actions when “my back was turned.” Sadly, relatives may be unable to discover the truth because their loved one doesn’t remember, has dementia, or has difficulty communicating.

How a Sharp Nursing Home Attorney Can Help You Make Your Case

Taking on an entity like a nursing home that has its own attorneys in tow requires a special skill set. This is why it is critical that you have a talented medical malpractice/premises liability lawyer on your side when you’re fighting to protect your loved one.

The Law Office of Ryan S. Goldstein PLLC is focused on taking every step necessary to win your case, including:

  • Examining the site of the accident
  • Investigating any and all recorded information about the accident
  • Poring over medical data
  • Interviewing witnesses (both patients and staff)
  • Handling all communications with nursing home management and opposing attorneys
  • Checking into prior history of falls or evidence of negligence or misconduct at the facility
  • Consulting with medical experts when necessary to confirm diagnosis or explain how the patient’s preconditions may have or have not affected the incident

Above all, Ryan Goldstein will recognize the ordeal your family is going through and treat the injured patient and all of you with compassion and respect.


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