Nursing Home Falls

Too often, slips and falls in a nursing home are the direct result of nursing home negligence

Albuquerque Injury Lawyers handling nursing home abuse, malpractice, medical malpractice, car accident, trucking accident, wrongful death and many other injury cases.

Slip and Fall Injuries are One of the Top Complaints when it Comes to Nursing Home Injuries.

The Davis Kelin Law Firm handles all types of New Mexico nursing home litigation cases including slips and falls, bedsores, nursing home abuse and wrongful death.

It is known that on average, one out of three adults 65 years of age and older, falls each year. For those that fall, 20-30% suffer moderate to severe injuries which result in an increased possibility of an earlier death, and the increase in difficulty for them to get around and take care of themselves on a daily basis.

Not only are nursing home falls painful, they can emotionally harm the elderly by slowing them down at a much faster rate, making them even more dependent on a caregiver. The direct cost for an elder fall has been well over $19 billion dollars a year for our US healthcare system. With the number of elderly increasing yearly, this cost is also likely to increase.

Do You Suspect Nursing Home Negligence?

If you suspect a nursing home fall has happened due to neglect, then it is very important that you take the necessary steps by speaking to an attorney first. So many nursing home-related falls go without being reported, and many times they could have been avoided altogether. In order to stop elderly neglect, the abusers must be held accountable. This is the first step to stopping nursing home falls and protecting the elder.

At The Davis Kelin Law Firm, we are proud to stand up for the rights of all elderly and their families, so that we may stop this horrible irresponsibility.

Be Aware of Your Loved One’s Surroundings

Check for bruises or any unnecessary marks, as they could be the first signs of nursing home abuse.  Below is a list of reasons why a nursing home fall may occur.  These falls are clearly caused by caregivers negligence:

  • Wet floors
  • Poor lighting
  • Lack of necessary bedrails and improper bed height
  • Improperly maintained or fitted wheelchairs
  • Over-Medication
  • Failure to assist residents to the restroom due to understaffing
  • Failure to have sufficient staff to answer call buttons
  • Failure to have call buttons that are in proper working condition
  • Failure to properly train staff in lifting and handling techniques
  • Failure of the staff to properly supervise residents

Slips and falls are not only an immediate problem among the elderly, but can lead to much more serious implications – even death. Don’t let a loved one become a victim of nursing home abuse.

Contact the Davis Kelin Law Firm today and take action to prevent elderly neglect.

Why hire a lawyer?

Nursing homes and hospitals are amongst some of the most highly regulated entities in the state. Notwithstanding this fact, patient abuse occurs at alarming rates, and victims are often unable to communicate the conditions of their torture to their loved-ones.

You wanted nothing but the best for your loved-one when you sought care for them, and you shouldn’t be expected to stand by as they spend the last fragile years of their lives in pain or discomfort.

People hire many different kinds of lawyers for many different reasons. If you or a loved one suffered injuries or death because of nursing home neglect, please, stand up for human dignity, and fight the hard fight by holding the facility accountable. We strongly encourage you to call us for a free preliminary discussion of your rights and possible representation in your case. We can help you understand the law, and your rights under it, including who can sue on behalf of a loved-one and when punitive damages might be appropriate.

If You Need Help, Please Call An Experienced Nursing Home Negligence Attorney.

The Davis Kelin Law Firm has years of experience in these matters and wants to help you put an end to the neglect of the elderly. Victims of such neglect may be too embarrassed and/or reluctant to speak out due to threats or intimidation by their caregivers. Often they are not physically or mentally capable of letting you know what is happening. If that is the case, it is up to us to keep an even closer eye on our loved ones to assure their safety.

If you do in fact suspect nursing home negligence, you must first and foremost get medical help for the victim, if needed.

Links to Additional Information

Elder Abuse (Main Page)
Bed Sores in Nursing Homes
Nursing Home Deaths