Did Your Loved One Suffer a Nursing Home Fall?
Nursing home facilities and hospices have an obligation to provide diligent and respectful care to residents. When they fail in this obligation, they must be held liable for the injuries that their negligence causes. An elderly individual has the potential to suffer severe and permanent injuries from a slip and fall accident, and nursing homes must take the utmost precautions to ensure the safety of their residents.
If you believe your loved one has suffered a fall in a nursing home, contact our firm as soon as possible. There are strict time limits on filing legal action against the home or facility that caused the injuries, so it is important that you act at once.
Attorney Stephen D. Apolinsky has been representing elderly individuals and their families who suffered nursing home abuse and neglect for over 26 years. Additionally, Attorney Apolinsky is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, which means his fellow colleagues consider him among the top-rated attorneys for legal ability and ethical standards.
Signs of a Nursing Home Slip and Fall Accident
Residents who have suffered a fall may not always be willing to talk about their injuries. Many slip and fall accidents go unreported so that the nursing home can have an artificially better safety rating, which leads to more residents and greater profits for the owners.
There are certain signs that indicate your loved one may have suffered a nursing home fall. They include:
- Unexplainable pain or bruises
- Mysterious bone fractures
- Emotional withdrawal
- Visible anxiety in a particular room or section of the home
- Concussions and brain injuries
Falls are typically caused by dangerous conditions like wet floors or loose tiles, although they may also be caused by weakness due to dehydration and malnutrition or wrongful prescription medication. A qualified and experienced Atlanta accident attorney will know how to investigate the circumstances of the fall.
Effects of a Slip and Fall on Elderly Individuals
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that up to 20 percent of nursing home falls cause significant and long-lasting injuries. Falls can cause a person to suffer:
- Painful broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Psychological trauma
- Lacerations and deep cuts
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Sadly, falls cause some 1,800 deaths every year.
Legal action against a nursing home is not just about gaining financial compensation for the injuries your loved one suffered. It offers a way to hold the negligent nursing home responsible for their mistakes. Legal action can cause nursing homes to better train their staffs and improve internal policies—meaning the home will be safer for future residents. Moreover, the compensation you secure can help your family recover from the financial and emotional costs that stemmed from the fall. Damages can be awarded for medical costs, rehabilitation, pain, suffering and relocating your loved one to a new home if necessary.
We Offer Assistance for Nursing Home Residents Injured by a Fall
Every situation is unique, and we are interested in hearing about what happened to you. If your loved one suffered a fall at a nursing home, the Atlanta catastrophic injury lawyers at Apolinsky & Associates LLC are prepared to fight for justice on behalf of your family. Contact our firm today for a free initial consultation. We are committed to securing the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at (404) 377-9191.