Michigan Nursing Home Lawyers Discuss Prevention of Fall Injuries

Fall injuries are the primary cause of injury death among the elderly, ages 65 and older. It is important to prepare yourself and your family against the possibility of a fallen injury, because most fall injuries can be prevented. Fall injures often result in hip fractures, head injuries, and can even result in early death.

 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every 18 seconds someone over 65 falls. In addition, more than one-third of adults that fall experience an injury severe enough to require medical attention. Our nursing home lawyers in Michigan at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. realize of severity fallen injuries and want to help prevent your loved one from experiencing the devastation fallen injuries have.

According to the Patient Safety Authority, these are suggested guideline to follow to prevent patient fall injuries in a nursing home. These tips include:

• Keep personal items in reach so you don’t have to get out of bed to reach them.

• Wear shoes/slippers with non-slip soles.

• Use all bars and handles made available to you for balance.

• Do not try to go to the bathroom without help if you are feeling dizzy.

• Do not try to go to the bathroom after taking certain medications such as sleeping pills.

• Be careful when using a wheelchair (wheelchairs can tip and not work properly if foot rests and wheel locks are loose).

In addition, the Michigan nursing home should be aware of existing heath conditions that may cause a person to lose their sense of balance and medications that can cause dizziness, or lightheadedness. These are things that the nursing home staff should be looking out for. The more you know the less likely a fallen incident will happen. Legal Rights After A Fall in Michigan Nursing Home

Patients and their families can file civil claims seeking money compensation for the fall injuries suffered due to nursing home neglect and abuse. In situations in which a patient dies due to the fall caused by the negligence of the facility, the family can file a Michigan Wrongful Death lawsuit for the loss of their loved one.

If you or a family member suffered from a fall in a Michigan nursing home due to neglect and abuse, you should contact our nursing home lawyers immediately to discuss your case. We have significant experience in these types of cases and have a track record of obtaining sizeable settlements for our injured clients. Call our office now at (800) 606-1717  and we will be in contact with you shortly.

 

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