When it comes time to put a parent or loved one into a nursing home, we trust that the staff of the home is properly trained. Falling is a very common cause of nursing home injuries. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website states that around 1,800 nursing home residents suffer fatal fall-related injuries every year. Additionally, those residents who survive a fall are often left with permanent debilitating injuries.
According to the CDC, the following are the most frequently cited causes of falls in nursing homes:
● Residents having weak muscles and problems with walking.
● Hazards such as bad lighting, beds set at incorrect heights, incorrectly maintained or fitted wheelchairs and wet floors.
● Medications, especially anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives and others that act upon the central nervous system. The risk of falls is greatly increased during the three day period after a change in these medications.
● Other issues such as shoes that do not fit properly and poor foot care.
It is the job of the nursing home staff to help ensure the comfort and safety of the home's residents. This means that a staff member must be able to recognize a potential hazard, such as a wet floor, and respond by correcting the situation as soon as possible.
If a nursing home professional is negligent in his or her duties, then very serious harm could befall a resident. An injury can greatly impact an elderly person's quality of life. When such a thing happens, it is important to determine accountability.
If one of your loved ones suffers an injury in a nursing home that you believe was preventable, you may wish to bring the matter to a Montana personal injury attorney. The attorney could look into the situation and may be able to obtain compensation as well as bring to light any problems that could affect other residents in the home.