Broken Hip Lawsuit Filed Against Michigan Nursing Home

Our Michigan nursing home neglect lawyers recently filed a lawsuit against a Monroe, Michigan nursing home.  The suit arises out of serious injuries suffered by a resident at the Magnum Care of Monroe.  The 76 year old resident suffered a broken hip in the nursing home fall.

The resident was admitted the nursing home facility for her dementia.  Due to a number of medical conditions and a history of previous falls, she was determined to be a high risk for falling in a nursing home assessment.  The staff implemented a care plan but failed to follow the plan.

On March 14, 2012,  the resident was not properly supervised and fell.  She suffered a fractured left hip.  She underwent surgery for the hip fracture and was forced to undergo additional medical treatment for her condition.

We filed a nursing home neglect lawsuit in the Monroe County Circuit Court for her injuries.  The suit seeks a settlement for her pain and suffering caused by the fall.  It also seeks payment of all medical expenses related to her injuries.  No trial date has been set by the court.

Our Michigan Nursing Home Lawyers

Our experienced Michigan nursing home lawyers represent victims and their family in neglect and abuse lawsuits.  These lawsuits seek compensation for the resident and family.  We can do the same for you.

Contact Our Michigan Nursing Home Lawyers

Want to know the settlement value of your nursing home case?    Tell us your story and we will evaluate your case.

  • Toll-Free Phone                               (800) 606-1717
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You can also contact us initially through our website Free Case Review Box. If you prefer that type of contact initially, we will review your case and get back to you quickly with our initial opinions. Our goal is to learn as much as possible about your case and then provide you with your best legal options.

Novi Nursing Home Fall Settlement

Our Michigan nursing home lawyer recently settled a lawsuit against a Novi skilled nursing care facility.  Our client was at the facility recovering from a medical procedure.  The plan was for him to have physical therapy and occupational therapy and then return back home.

The patient was identified as a fall risk based upon his medical conditions and the history of a prior fall.  The facility created a fall care plan but failed to properly implement the plan, which included a low bed, a floor mat near the bed, and a bed alarm.  The resident had two minor falls without significant injuries before he fell while getting out of bed and suffered a fractured hip.  He was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery to repair the hip fracture.  He had a long course of therapy and rehabilitation both during and after his hospitalization.

We filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit on his behalf in the Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, Michigan.  Depositions of numerous witnesses were taken and then the parties agreed to attend a settlement mediation.  After lengthy negotiations, the insurance company for the facility agreed to pay a confidential settlement.  The settlement included compensation for the pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages relating to the fractured hip suffered in the fall.

Our Michigan Nursing Home Lawyers

Our experienced Michigan nursing home lawyers represent victims and their family in neglect and abuse lawsuits.  These lawsuits seek compensation for the resident and family.  We can do the same for you.

Contact Our Michigan Nursing Home Lawyers

Want to know the settlement value of your nursing home case?    Tell us your story and we will evaluate your case.

  • Toll-Free Phone                               (800) 606-1717
  • Contact By Fax                                (248) 569-6737
  • Contact By E-mail                           Larry@Buckfirelaw.com

You can also contact us initially through our website Free Case Review Box. If you prefer that type of contact initially, we will review your case and get back to you quickly with our initial opinions. Our goal is to learn as much as possible about your case and then provide you with your best legal options.

 

Falling Out of Wheelchair Injuries in Michigan Nursing Homes

Our Michigan nursing home neglect attorneys often handle cases involving residents who are injured from falling out of a wheelchair.  A fall can happen when a patient tries to self-transfer, slides down the chair, or leans forward and fall out of the chair.  These falls can be prevented with appropriate and proven methods along with proper supervision from the nursing home staff.

Many residents are at a high risk for falling based upon a number of different medical conditions.  The nursing home staff must assess the resident for the risk of falling both upon admission and throughout the entire stay at the facility.  Residents who have already fallen either at home or at the facility are even at a higher risk for additional falls.

In addition to falls while walking or falling out of bed, many serious injuries and deaths occur from residents falling out of a wheelchair.  Due to poor balance, the tendency to lean forward, and other factors, these types of incidents are unfortunately all too common.  There are proven ways to prevent wheelchair falls from occurring that can be implemented by the nursing home staff, including:

  • Providing the resident with a properly fitted wheelchair with raised foot pedals
  • Providing the resident with a pad to shift he weight toward the back of the chair
  • Using a lap belt or “Lap Buddy” when a patient is at high risk and is not being supervised by the staff
  • Using a chair alarm to alert the staff if the resident is attempting to get out of the chair
  • Providing 1:1 supervision when the patient is in the wheelchair
  • Placing the resident in bed when he or she is tired or fatigued (more…)

Michigan Nursing Home Fall Settlement For Broken Hip & Head Injury

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. nursing home attorneys recently obtained a settlement in a case involving an eighty-five year old resident whose death was result from injuries related to a fall at the Bloomfield Hills facility she was residing at.  The lawsuit was filed in the Oakland County Circuit Court and alleged that the nursing staff was negligent for failing to properly supervise the resident and take necessary measures to prevent the fall.  We sought payment against the home for pain and suffering to our client from the time of the accident until her death.

Our client was determined as an at-risk patient for falling.  This is because before being admitted to the Bloomfield Hills home, she had suffered serious orthopedic injuries in a prior fall at another facility. Due to this factor, once admitted she was placed under a precautionary plan to prevent such instances from taking place. However, even with this plan implemented by the staff, she fell in her room and near her bed multiple times.  The most serious fall occurred about three months after admittance.  A staff member found our client on the floor in her room. She suffered a head injury that required an emergency craniotomy at a local hospital and a fractured hip that required surgery.  Unfortunately, her condition continued to deteriorate after the hip surgery and she passed away.

Nursing Home Fall Injury Statistics

The number of falls for elderly people in nursing homes is significant and the injuries from those accidents are often severe and can sometimes cause wrongful deaths. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, about 1,800 elderly people living in a nursing home die from fall-related injuries. Other statistics on nursing home tailored by CDC include:

  • About 5% of adults 65 and older live in nursing home, but nursing home residents account for about 20% of deaths from falls in this age group. (more…)

Hip Fractures From Falls in Nursing Homes

Hip fractures from falls in nursing homes are an all too common occurrence.   A resident who suffers a broken hip from a fall out of bed, a wheelchair, while walking, or during a transfer can suddenly have a downward spiral in his or her overall health.  Too often, a patient who suffers this type of hip injury seems to never recover and develops other serious health issues after the even.  Many times, an otherwise healthy resident passes away just shortly after the hip fracture due to the complications related to that condition.

Falls are very common among nursing home residents.  They are most prevalent in elderly patients residing in nursing homes, and about 10% to 25% of falls result in hospital admission or fractures.  About 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries and those who survive falls frequently sustain hip fractures and head injuries that result in permanent disability and reduced quality of life.

Falling can be a sign of other health problems. People in nursing homes are generally frailer than older adults able to live independently.  Nursing home patients are usually older, have more chronic conditions, and have more difficulty walking. They also tend to have memory problems, to have difficulty with activities of daily living, and to need help getting around or taking care of themselves.  All of these factors can increase the risk of falling in elderly residents.

Nursing Home Duty To Prevent Falls

The nursing home staff is required to perform a fall risk assessment for every resident at the facility.  This should be done at the time of admission to the facility and periodically during the admission because many residents have changes in their condition after they become a resident of the nursing home.  When a patient is determined to be a high risk for falling, the staff is required to implement a plan of care to prevent a resident fall.  

Interventions to prevent falls include the keeping beds low to the floor, the use of floor mats next to beds, and the use of alarms for both beds and wheelchairs.  Residents should be closely supervised at all times and staff should respond quickly to alarms when a fall risk patient attempts to get out of bed or a wheelchair.  Wheelchairs should have proper foot pedals and have the wheels locked while the resident is stationary.   Bed rails and lap belts for wheelchairs can be used upon a physician recommendation and request from the family. (more…)

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