Falls At Nursing Homes: Who Is Liable?

The elderly fall more easily than younger people due to impaired balance, mobility problems and overmedication, and their fragile bones make falls much more serious. A 20-year-old would simply get up and go on with life after a fall, but for an older person, a fall can result in broken bones, head trauma and other injuries.

Questions you should ask after a nursing home fall

Some seniors are prone to fall or have a history of falling. This often requires the nursing staff to take the proper precautions to protect our seniors. When an older person falls in a nursing home and is injured, it is important to ask why the fall occurred:

  • Did the facility provide adequate supervision?
  • Did it offer assistive devices such as walkers to reduce the possibility of falls?
  • Were bedrails up so that patients could not roll out of bed?
  • Were there warning signs in the care center to prevent slip-and-falls on wet floors?

If the answer to any of these questions is "no," negligence may be the cause of the fall. Nursing homes and assisted living complexes are licensed by the state of Ohio and are required to maintain certain standards of care.

By failing to supervise your elderly loved one who fell, the home may have been guilty of negligence. When you suspect negligence, it is important to discuss the situation with a knowledgeable nursing home attorney to learn about your legal options.

At Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., we handle nursing home cases involving falls and resulting injuries. With over 50 years of experience resolving cases like yours, we know how to develop strong arguments that may provide compensation and justice.

To talk with an attorney at our Columbus law firm, call us at 1-800-ELK-OHIO or complete our online form to schedule your free consultation. And if we do not win your case, you owe us nothing.

Many falls are preventable

When a nursing home administrator tells you that the home doesn't have the staff to supervise your loved one who suffered a fall, take action. Not having enough staff is not an acceptable reason for falls. And even with adequate staff, the individuals may be untrained or insufficiently trained. Nursing homes must have procedures in place to prevent falls, and the staff needs to know how to implement those procedures.

At Elk & Elk, we want to stop nursing home neglect of all types. One way we do this is to hold accountable the parties responsible for nursing home falls. The personal injury attorneys at our Columbus law firm will evaluate your case and help you receive compensation.

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