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Nursing Home Broken Bone Lawyer

nursing home broken bone injury attorneyNursing home residents have a much higher risk of fracturing bones than nearly anyone else. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), most skilled nursing facility elderly residents will fall at least once each year.

Many injury cases involving a broken bone occurred from nursing home neglect. While suffering a fractured bone might not be fatal, nearly all fractures could lead to elderly residents losing a joyful existence.

The lives of older adults are often dramatically changed after suffering a traumatic fracture. Their injuries might require multiple surgeries and physical therapy to stabilize the patient's medical condition to avoid physical decline.

Not every fractured bone is caused by negligent care. However, you should learn more about the residents' fall risk circumstances to see if the nursing facility or staffing issues are to blame.

A Nursing Home Fractured Bone Injury Attorney Can Help

Enlisting the help of an elder abuse attorney will make it easier to complete the legal process. The personal injury attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center LLC help families whose loved ones have been injured at a skilled nursing facility when the staff did not fulfill their duty to care by following established fall prevention measures.

Contact our negligent injury lawyers at (888) 424-5757 today for a free case evaluation to discuss your compensation for your injuries. We will fight aggressively on your behalf by filing and resolving a lawsuit against the facility where your family member was hurt if we think that they might be at fault for the injury.

Nursing Home Fractured Bone Injuries FAQs

What Helps Broken Bones Heal Faster?

The broken bones of young children and healthy adults tend to heal fast while the body forms callus and increases bone protein production needed to create new bone tissue. The patient could speed up the healing process by consuming mineral supplements that help produce bone tissue faster.

The supplements include zinc, phosphorous, magnesium, silicon, and calcium.

How Long Does It Take for a Fractured Bones to Heal Completely?

Generally, severely fractured bones might take up to twelve weeks or longer to heal wholly based on the patient's age and health. Typically, younger bones heal quickly.

The patient surgeon will likely evaluate the patient's healing process, determining how much weight the resident could bear on the affected ankle, leg, or foot.

What Happens If a Fractured Bone Goes Untreated?

Bone fractures caused by violent accident, serious fall, or collision in a sporting event usually requires immediate medical attention to repair the damage and treat the pain.

Some broken bones worsen over time and create progressive problems by repeated stress on the affected area or developing an infection. Without treatment, the patient might suffer long-term nerve damage, deformity or malunion, and stress or damage to ligaments and muscles.

Is a Fracture an Emergency?

All significant breaks and bone fractures require immediate medical treatment at an urgent care center or hospital emergency room. Every broken bone that protrudes through the victim's skin or is mangled and misaligned by trauma requires medical or surgical intervention. Severely broken bones and fractures might include:

  • Transverse
  • Spiral
  • Open or compound
  • Avulsion
  • Oblique
  • Greenstick

Can Fractures Heal without a Cast?

According to orthopedic surgeons, broken bones will eventually heal with or without a cast. However, if the fracture is not reset in its proper alignment, it could heal misaligned, causing the body part to malfunction when used.

Proper alignment of the broken area held in place with a cast is essential for the legs and arms' long bones. Specific broken bones, including the shoulders, color bones, and ribs, might not require casting.

Additionally, fractured fingers and toes could be held in place using tape or a splint.

What Are the Stages of a Fracture Healing?

According to the National Institutes of Health, fractured bones heal in three stages, including the inflammatory, reparative, and remodeling stages. Each one individually includes:

  • The inflammatory stage involves the brain signaling the body to send special cells to the affected area
  • The reparative stage begins approximately one week after the injury occurs, and inflammation begins to resolve over three steps that include:
    • Hematoma formation
    • Fibrocartilaginous callus formation
    • Bony callus formation
  • The remodeling stage begins as new bone tissue forms and replaces or reshapes the fractured area

Statistics on Falls Involving Broken Bones in Skilled Nursing Facilities

If there is any good news associated with falls, most nursing facility falls do not result in the resident being injured. Less than one in ten falls result in a traumatic fracture. Similarly, less than one in five falls result in a severe injury to the resident. In most falls, the resident suffers bruises.

However, when there is an injury in a fall, it can be significant. Approximately 1,800 residents die from nursing home falls each year.

Impact of Fractures on Elderly Residents

Fractured bones in elderly patients can happen in various circumstances. Bear in mind that many elderly residents with osteoporosis might be at a higher risk for a broken bone.

The nursing facility will invariably argue that the injury might have occurred anyway due to the resident's weakened body. However, their negligence might still be to blame for the injury.

Here are some circumstances in which serious injuries might occur:

  • Residents could fall while trying to get around on their own
  • Staff members could drop residents while attempting to transfer them
  • Staff members failing to follow the approved resident's care plan that instructs the use of multiple caregivers while transferring the resident from the bed to the wheelchair/shower
  • Physical abuse
  • There can be natural hazards in the environment, such as a slippery floor or an obstruction in a walking path that causes a resident to fall.
  • Residents might be drugged and trying to move while in a medicated state, like sleepwalking at night.

Many elderly residents suffer severe harm and unexpected falls that could lead to a traumatic brain injury, a fractured hip, broken bones, concussions, and wrongful death.

Medical Facility's Duty to Protect Patients from a Nursing Home Injury

Long-term care facilities have many different obligations to prevent resident falls. The most important obligation that they have is to exercise due care to tend to and supervise the resident.

In many cases, this will mean that the facility has adequate staff on hand to provide care for the resident.

Many accidents and hazardous conditions occur at medical facilities that do not have enough staff, stretching their existing staff too thin. In some instances, residents will injure themselves when attempting to get themselves to the bathroom since the staff has not answered a call button.

Facilities owe a duty of care to their home residents and, if they fail to uphold this duty, they will be held responsible.

What Happens When Patients Get Injured

The most common type of broken bone in nursing home patients is a hip fracture. Many hip fractures will require surgery to repair, exposing the resident to an entirely new set of risks as they attempt to recover from the surgery.

Unfortunately, residents are a shadow of their former selves after they suffer a broken hip. Once the resident has suffered traumatic fractures, they will likely need additional medical care for the rest of their lives.

They will also be more susceptible to breaking the same bone another time.

When a nursing home resident loses their mobility, it has effects far beyond just the physical. It can also affect the emotional well-being of a senior. Beyond that, residents who are more sedentary are also at risk of other illnesses and bedsores if the nursing home staff does not take proper care to shift their position.

A recent study found that older adults were fifteen times more likely to be hospitalized in the first month after their broken bone injury than other residents. This number rises to thirty-one times more likely if that first fracture was a broken hip.

Even three to twelve months after a fracture, the rate of hospitalization is still elevated.

Compensation Available After a Patient Sustains a Broken Bone

When a nursing home resident suffers a fall injury like a fracture or fractured hip or broken femur bone, the compensation will derive from their medical bills and their pain and suffering. If your loved one has lost some of their life quality, that is something for which the family can be financially compensated.

Even if the resident died shortly after the fracture, the fact that your loved one ended their life in pain is something for which the assisted living facility can be held financially responsible. If the resident dies because of the fracture, either directly or indirectly, the nursing home could be sued for wrongful death.

Has Your Loved One Suffered a Fracture While at a Nursing Home? Speak to an Attorney Now

Contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center to discuss possible legal action for a nursing home negligence lawsuit against the facility where your loved one was injured. We can advise you whether we believe you have a cause of action against the nursing home for their actions or inactions that might have caused the incident.

The initial consultation is free, and if we end up representing you, we will provide you and your family with wise and aggressive legal representation. Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) and speak to a real person to schedule a free consultation for immediate legal advice.

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