For most, falling results in nothing more than a minor--albeit painful--inconvenience. For residents of nursing homes, however, even a minor fall can lead to serious health complications. While some falls are genuine accidents, the vast majority of slip-and-fall accidents in nursing homes are avoidable. If your loved one suffered a fall in a Philadelphia nursing home due to neglect by nursing home staff, he or she may be eligible to receive financial compensation. The Brod Law Firm is dedicated to helping victims of nursing home neglect receive the justice to which they are entitled.
Most Common Causes of Nursing Home Falls
Although some falls are genuine accidents, the vast majority of slip-and-fall accidents in nursing homes are avoidable if the resident receives the proper care. The primary causes of falls in nursing homes include a lack of supervision from medical professionals and hazardous environmental conditions in the nursing home facility.
Lack of Supervision from Nursing Home Staff
Nursing home staff have a duty to oversee the facility's residents and ensure that each resident's needs are being met. While some nursing homes are successful at doing so, a large number of falls still occur in Philadelphia nursing homes due to lack of supervision by staff. Oftentimes, facilities do not employ an adequate amount of staff to oversee all of the facility's residents, leading to long wait times for individuals to get access to the help that they need. This can lead some patients to get up to do things on their own, such as use the restroom or turn off the lights. For unwieldy patients, this can lead to disastrous falls.
Pennsylvania nursing homes also maintain the responsibility of providing residents with a clean facility free of any environmental hazards. Nevertheless, many falls in Philadelphia nursing homes are caused by unsafe conditions in the facility, such as unattended spills creating slippery floors and objects left in the path of residents.
Complications from Falls in Nursing Homes
While falls may be nothing more than a painful and embarrassing occurrence for most people, residents who suffer falls in nursing homes can experience life-changing complications which can have a tremendous impact on the person's overall health.
Although broken bones are painful and inconvenient, they rarely result in long-term complications for most individuals. Residents of nursing homes, however, can face serious consequences if suffering a broken bone from a fall in the facility. Broken hips, for example, take months to heal, if a full recovery is even possible. The mobility issues which can result from a broken hip or other bone such as the leg or back can be permanent, and can seriously impact a person's physical and emotional well-being.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
The danger of a fall in a nursing home doesn't stop at broken bones--if a resident strikes his or her head on a piece of furniture or the hard floor during the fall, he or she can suffer a traumatic brain injury or TBI. This form of injury can lead to endless complications, such as:
- Difficulty speaking;
- Impaired cognition;
- Changes in personality;
- Affects to vision or hearing;
- Balance problems; and
- Constant headaches.
What Constitutes Nursing Home Neglect?
While it is understood that nursing home staff take care of multiple residents at a time, a nursing home facility maintains a duty to employ an adequate number of competent staff for residents' care. If a nursing home fall occurs due to a lack of patient supervision, the facility--along with the individual staff member--can be held liable for the injuries which occur to the resident.
Legal Remedies for Falls in Nursing Homes
If someone you love suffered a fall due to neglect in a Philadelphia nursing home facility, he or she may be able to receive financial compensation known as "damages" by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Damages in nursing home neglect cases can include compensation for:
- Pain suffered by the resident during and after the fall;
- Medical expenses incurred in treating the complications of the fall, such as hospital stays, surgeries, and rehabilitation; and
- Emotional and mental suffering experienced by the resident, such as depression, anxiety, and inability to sleep.
Dealing with the Aftermath of a Nursing Home Fall? We're Here to Help
If your loved one has suffered a fall in a nursing home due to negligent supervision in a Philadelphia nursing home, the Brod Law Firm is standing by to help. Our legal team is dedicated to helping victims of nursing home abuse and neglect receive the compensation they deserve for the injuries they never should have sustained. To speak with Gary Brod about your loved one's case and take the next step toward obtaining legal justice, fill out an online case evaluation form or call 1-888-435-7946 (888-HELPWIN) today.