Falls In Nursing Homes Lawsuits
Unexplained Falls And Burn Injuries In New Jersey Nursing Homes
Falls are among the leading cause of injury in nursing homes and hospitals. Medication, unfamiliar surroundings and poor health may all contribute to an increased likelihood of falling. Nursing homes are well aware of the risk of injuries from falls and must take steps to address that risk. If a lack of supervision, inadequate staffing or another form of negligence has caused your loved one to be injured in a fall, you need to hold the facility accountable. At Costello & Mains, LLC, in Mount Laurel, NJ, our attorneys have the experience and skill to help you. Contact us online or call 856-291-0642 (local) or 800-421-0212 (toll free) to schedule a consultation today.
How Falls Occur
While every case is unique, there are common elements to injuries caused by falls in nursing homes. In some cases, lack of proper supervision causes patients whose balance is compromised to attempt to get up and walk alone. If a nursing home resident is thirsty or has to go to the bathroom and assistance is not forthcoming, he or she may attempt to get up without help. The result can be a damaging fall. In some cases, patients who should be using a walker or wheelchair are not given access to the equipment they need. Changes in medication can lead to balance issues, so patients need to be carefully monitored when taking certain prescription drugs. Finally, routine bed transfers and defective equipment, such as beds with faulty rails, provide opportunities for falls to occur.
Many of us take for granted the ease with which we accomplish day-to-day tasks. Pouring a cup of coffee or taking a bath are hardly hazardous activities for most people. The medical problems that often accompany aging can make many activities more challenging. When nursing homes do not provide proper care and supervision, burn injuries may result. Hot water spills, scalding bath water and smoking accidents can all lead to burn injuries in a nursing home.
If you suspect that negligence was a factor in an injury suffered by your loved one in a nursing home, you need to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. To discuss your situation with a caring and knowledgeable advocate, call us at 856-291-0642 or 800-421-0212 or contact us online.