Falling is one of the leading causes of injury to older adults in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 4 adults aged 65 and older fall every year, but less than half tell their doctor. An estimated 800,000 older patients are hospitalized due to fall-related injuries in the U.S. each year.
If your elderly loved one was injured in a serious fall at a nursing home in New Orleans, now is the time to talk to an attorney about your options. Failing eyesight, muscle weakness, and certain medications may increase one’s risk of falling, but nursing homes and elder care centers have an obligation to maintain reasonably safe grounds for elderly patients. A fall may be an indication of neglect or misconduct. Reporting negligence is crucial, as is seeking fair compensation for all injuries and losses associated with the fall.
Garcia & Artigliere can provide an honest and accurate assessment of your case – call (504) 608-4251 to find out how we can assist you.
When Are Falls an Indication of Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse?
While it is true that nursing home residents are typically frailer than older adults who are living on their own or with their families, this should not explain the 1,800 deaths that occur due to nursing home falls in the U.S. each year. Nursing home caregivers should be aware of their patients’ increased falling risk and should take appropriate measures to provide assistance and support, as well as property grounds that are free from unforeseen hazards.
The following are examples of circumstances that may lead to nursing home falls:
- Environmental hazards, such as objects in walkways, poor lighting, or wet floors
- Improper bed height, or lack of bed rails, bed handles, or grab bars
- Improper or incorrect use of walking aids
- Failure to provide a walker, cane, wheelchair, or other mobility device
- Improper patient monitoring after medication changes
When you work with the New Orleans nursing home injury lawyers at Garcia & Artigliere, you can count on our professionalism and attention to detail as we investigate the circumstances leading to your loved one’s fall. We can identify hazards or acts of negligence, expose these, and pursue a fair settlement or award on your behalf.
Contact our New Orleans offices today at (504) 608-4251 to arrange your free consultation. Se habla español.