Our Michigan nursing home neglect attorneys handle cases involving falls in nursing homes. The injuries from these falls are often serious and included hip fractures, facial fractures, and serious head injuries. A nursing home resident who falls is often unable to protect himself or herself against a serious head injury and this can result in a brain bleed or other catastrophic condition. Many times, these falls lead to the tragic death of the resident.
Most nursing home falls are completely preventable with the proper care and supervision of the staff. The nursing home staff is required to perform an initial fall risk assessment for every resident upon admission to the facility and periodically during the admission. When a resident is determined to be a fall risk, the staff is required to implement a plan of care to prevent a resident fall.
There are many interventions that can be implemented to prevent a nursing home fall. These 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 also 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.
When a nursing home resident dies directly from a fall injury or indirectly from a downward spiral in their health after a fall, the family members should consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home facility. These lawsuits seek compensation for the loss of the loved one due to the negligence of the nursing home staff in failing to prevent the fall.
Compensation for a nursing home death is pursued in a Michigan Wrongful Death Lawsuit against the skilled nursing facility. These lawsuits seek compensation for the pain and suffering endured by the resident prior to the death and for the loss of society and companionship suffered by the family members due to the tragic loss of the loved one. We have obtained significant settlements in nursing home fall death cases.
Contact a Nursing Home Fall Attorney
If your loved one suffered from a fall at a nursing home, you should contact our office immediately! We will obtain and review the complete nursing home chart and medical chart to determine whether nursing home neglect contributed to the death. We will also obtain any and all state investigation reports of the facility to review their violations. If there was negligence in the care of the resident, we will file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your family. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan nursing home fall injury attorneys about your case.