Lawyers for Nursing Home Patients With Broken Bone Injuries
Nursing home residents are at a much higher risk of a fracture than nearly anyone else. Most nursing home residents will fall at least once during the course of each year. When that occurs, residents may break a bone. Sustaining a fracture, while it may not be fatal, can lead to a loss of quality of life for nursing home residents.
Many elderly people are no longer the same after they have suffered a fracture. They may require multiple surgeries that help hasten their physical decline. While not every fracture is the direct fault of the nursing home where it occurred, you should learn more about the circumstances of the fall to see if the nursing home is to blame.
You will want to enlist an attorney to help you with this. At the Nursing Home Law Center, we help families whose loved ones have been injured at a skilled nursing facility when the nursing home did not fulfill their duty to care and supervise the resident. We are not afraid to take the gloves off and go after the nursing home where your family member was hurt if we think that they may be at fault for the injury.Statistics on Nursing Home Falls
If there is any good news associated with falls, it is that most nursing home falls do not result in the resident being injured. Less than one in ten falls result in a fracture. Similarly, less than one in five falls result in a serious 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 nursing home residents die from falls each year.How Nursing Home Fractures Happen
Nursing home fractures can happen in a variety of different circumstances. Bear in mind that many elderly residents will suffer from osteoporosis and may be at a higher risk for fracture. The nursing home will invariably argue that the fracture may have occurred anyway due to the resident’s weakened body. However, their negligence may still be to blame for the injury. Here are some circumstances in which fractures may occur:
- Residents can fall while trying to get around on their own
- Staff can drop residents while attempting to transfer them
- There can be natural hazards in the nursing home environment, such as a slippery floor, or an obstruction in a walking path that causes a resident to fall.
- Residents may be medicated and trying to move while in a medicated state. This could include sleepwalking at night.
Nursing homes have many different obligations in order to prevent conditions from occurring that lead to falls. The most important obligation that they have is to exercise due care in order to tend to and supervise the resident. In many cases, this will mean that the nursing home has adequate staff on hand to provide care for the resident.
Many of the accidents and hazardous conditions occur at nursing homes that do not have enough staff, stretching their existing staff too thin. In some instances, residents will injure themselves when they are attempting to get themselves to the bathroom since staff has not answered a call button. Nursing homes owe a duty of care to their residents and, if they fail to uphold this duty, they will be held responsible.What Happens After a Fracture
The most common type of fracture at a nursing home is a broken hip. This will require surgery to repair, exposing the resident to an entirely new set of risks as they attempt to recover from the surgery. Many nursing home residents are a shadow of their former selves after they suffer a broken hip. Once the resident has suffered a fracture, 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 as well as pressure ulcers if the nursing home staff does not take proper care to shift their position. A 2002 study found that nursing home residents were 15 times more likely to be hospitalized in the first month after their fracture than other residents. This number rises to 31 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.What You Can Be Compensated For
When a nursing home resident suffers a fracture in a fall, most of the compensation will derive from their pain and suffering. If your loved one has lost some of the quality of their life, 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 nursing home can be held financially responsible. If the resident dies as a result of the fracture, either directly or indirectly, then the nursing home can be sued for wrongful death as well.Has Your Loved One Suffered a Fracture While at a Nursing Home? Get Legal Help Now
Contact the attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center to discuss a possible legal action against the nursing home 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 may 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. Call us today at (800) 726-8565 to start discussing your case with us.Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Resources