Billings Nursing Home Fall Attorneys
Fall Injuries in Nursing Homes
Falls are some of the most common nursing home accidents—yet they are often a sign of nursing home negligence. Just like in other types of premises liability cases, nursing homes can be held liable for slip, trip, and fall accidents that occur due to unsafe property conditions. A facility may also be liable if its staff was negligent in preventing falls or responding to fall-related injuries.
If you believe your loved one fell as a result of nursing home negligence or abuse, contact Edwards & Culver. With over 100 years of combined experience and a track record of nearly $160 million recovered in the past 10 years alone, our legal team has what it takes to fight for the fair recovery you and your loved one deserve.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are as many as 100 to 200 reported falls per average-sized nursing home (one with about 100 beds) in the U.S. every single year. What makes the rate of nursing home falls so high? Age-related conditions, degenerative illnesses, and reduced mobility may all play a role. However, nursing homes should have safety procedures and policies in place to prevent accidents.
Some of the most common causes of nursing home falls include:
- Failure to properly supervise residents
- Dimly lit areas, such as hallways
- Improper transportation of residents (e.g. from a bed to a wheelchair)
- Hazards in walkways, including equipment that is left out
- Ill-fitting or poorly maintained wheelchairs
- Medication mistakes, leading to instability
- Spilled liquids/wet floors
- Uneven floors, ripped carpeting, and other tripping hazards
- Defective equipment, such as walkers or canes
- Insufficient fall prevention
- Improper nursing home maintenance
While anyone can suffer serious injuries as a result of a slip and fall accident, the elderly are often at a heightened risk. Additionally, weakened immune systems can also make seniors susceptible to developing further complications, such as infections, after an injury.
Some of the most common injuries resulting from nursing home falls include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Serious cuts and bruises
- Sprained wrists/ankles
- Nerve damage
- Shoulder injuries, such as dislocations
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
In some cases, an individual may develop complications as a result of their injuries or treatment and, in very severe cases, the victim may die. When this occurs as a result of a nursing home’s negligence or misconduct, the surviving family members can take legal action in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit.
At Edwards & Culver, we are committed to helping ordinary individuals seek justice and fair compensation when they suffer harm at the hands of a trusted caregiver, doctor, or nursing home facility. Our nursing home fall lawyers in Billings provide compassionate and personalized legal representation for clients throughout Montana, and we can assist you with your case.
We offer free initial consultations and never charge any fees unless we successfully recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf. There is no risk in speaking with our legal team about your potential case. We urge you to contact us as soon as possible and, if you suspect your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, report the incident to local authorities right away.
If your loved one has fallen in a nursing home, contact us today to learn more about your legal options. Request a free consultation with Edwards & Culver when you call (406) 215-4735.