Negligence resulting in Nursing Home Abuse

The elderly are usually physically delicate, and falling from a relative low height can cause fractures and other injuries. Nursing home staff members are supposed to prevent residents in their care from such incidents. In most jurisdictions, failing to adequately monitor and assist residents may constitute nursing home abuse due to neglect.

Many nursing home residents are put there to make sure that they are safe. It is the duty of nursing home facilities to ensure that the property is a safe environment for the elderly to prevent falls. Staff members are also supposed to be trained in fall prevention techniques and to always keep an eye on their charges whenever they are up and about.

In far too many cases, however, both nursing home facilities and staff fall short of their duty of care.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that resident of nursing homes are more likely to be seriously injured, disabled, or die as a result of falls than those who are living in their own homes or in a regular community. The higher risk of falling in nursing home residents may be due to progressively weaker muscle tone because of lack of exercise, a side effect of the medications they are administered, ill-fitting footwear, or an unsafe living environment such as steep stairs, sharp table edges, high beds, or slippery floors.

According to the website of Resmini Law, injuries sustained in a fall are poorly assessed and managed in many cases. This can lead to complications that can escalate to serious consequences for an enfeebled constitution, which is prevalent among the aged.

There is no excuse for these falls. Many are preventable if nursing home staff and health professionals observe a minimum attendance to their duties. If you or an elderly loved one sustained a preventable fall that led to serious injury, it is your duty to bring it to the attention of the proper authorities. You may also be eligible to get compensation. Consult with a nursing home abuse lawyer in your area for more information.