Rhode Island and Massachusetts Nursing Home Falls and Abuse Attorney
Under state and federal law, nursing homes throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island are required to conduct risk assessments on new patients and implement safety procedures in order to prevent dangerous falls. This is because many senior citizens – especially those who require nursing home care – are particularly prone to both falling and suffering from serious injuries dues to falls.
Falls in nursing homes are often the result of negligent care on the part of the facility or individual staff members. If you or someone you love has suffered serious injuries in a nursing home fall, attorney Mike Bottaro is here to help.
How dangerous are nursing home falls?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports some startling statistics:
- Nursing homes report one to two falls per bed each year. Many more falls go unreported.
- On average, nursing home residents fall between two and three times per year.
- Approximately 50 to 75 percent of nursing home residents suffer at least one fall each year. This rate is more than double the rate of senior citizens living at home.
- Nursing home falls are responsible for about 1,800 deaths per year, and 10 to 20 percent of falls result in serious injuries.
Serious but non-fatal falls often lead to permanent disabilities, chronic pain, loss of independence, and a lingering fear of falling again. Injuries from one fall may also make it more likely that a nursing home resident will suffer another fall.
What are some signs of nursing home negligence?
Yes, it is a fact that elderly people have a tendency to fall more often. However, nursing homes take on a responsibility to ensure that their patients are safe, and this includes providing adequate treatment, supervision, and safeguards to protect against falls. When a resident suffers a fall in a nursing home, it is often due to negligent care.
Some typical examples of nursing home negligence include:
- Inadequate training of staff. All nursing home staff members should have appropriate educational backgrounds, and they should receive specific training on how to provide proper care in the nursing home setting.
- Understaffing. Nursing homes must maintain a sufficient number of trained staff members to provide the necessary care and attention to all of their residents. Elderly individuals who are isolated or abandoned are more likely to suffer serious falls.
- Negligent care. Inadequate and improper treatment can lead to falls as well. Physical injuries, failure to provide assistive devices, failure to properly restrain, wet floors, hallway obstructions, lack of supervision, malnutrition, and other factors can all lead to serious and fatal falls.
What should I do after a nursing home fall?
Nursing homes that allow or cause avoidable falls to occur need to be held responsible for their negligence. Victims and their families are entitled to recover financial compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses. By taking action, you can also help yourself or your loved one avoid falls in the future.
If you or someone you know has suffered a fall in a nursing home, it is important to seek legal assistance right away. The nursing home will be looking out for its interests first, so you need an experienced and dedicated advocate on your side. The Bottaro Law Firm will conduct a full investigation, deal with the insurance companies on your behalf, and pursue all legal remedies available to obtain maximum compensation for your losses.
Contact The Bottaro Law Firm for a Free Consultation
The experienced legal team at the Bottaro Law Firm is here to help you get through your nursing home fall. Please, do not hesitate to ask us any questions. Give us a call at (866) 529-9700 or contact us online today.