Our Michigan nursing home injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. handle cases involving when a resident fell in Michigan nursing home, hospital, or assisted living facility. The instance of when a resident fell in a nursing home is very common and can cause serious injuries and even death. In fact, for every elderly fall injury death in Michigan, there are 33 non – fatal hospitalizations, about 200 seniors seeking non – inpatient medical care, and nearly 900 who fell and do not receive care.
Common Factors of Why Resident Fell in Michigan Nursing Home
Generally, people in nursing homes are older, have more chronic conditions, and have difficulty walking compared to other older adults living in the community. Also, certain situations and circumstances can create a higher risk for a nursing home resident to fall. These situations are listed below.
- Muscle weakness
- Gait or balance problems
- Environmental hazards (i.e., wet floors, poor lighting, incorrect bed height)
- Medication intake
- Difficulty moving from one place to another
Due to fact that falls are common among elderly, all residents residing in a Michigan nursing home, particularly over the age of 75, should receive a comprehensive risk factor analysis. Residents may be able to “age in place” if appropriate fall prevention strategies are began with the start of frailty. Utilizing a comprehensive fall risk assessment and specific intervention to reduce risk, fall occurrence can be reduced by 43% – 72%, depending on setting and environmental factors.
Legal Rights After Resident Fell in Michigan Nursing Home
Residents who fell in Michigan nursing home and suffer injuries do have legal rights. Many of times, the fall is caused due to the negligent care of the nurse or caregiver, not enough supervision, or environmental hazards such as incorrect bed height. If the resident fell due to those circumstances or any other negligent act from a nurse or caregiver in a Michigan nursing home, it can give rise to a Michigan nursing home neglect lawsuit.
Our No Fee Promise For Resident Fell in Michigan Nursing Home Cases
We will represent you if you or someone you know fell in Michigan nursing home under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You will have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact a Michigan Nursing Home Injury Attorney
The person, or most typically a concerned family member, should contact the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately after a resident fell in a nursing home to investigate the cause of the accident. Call our office now at (800) 606 -1717. These injuries are often not well-documented and it is necessary to do a full investigation, especially because the person does not always have the ability to remember or describe the incident. An injured person may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries in a fall if the fall took place in a nursing home and the nursing home failed to take proper preventative fall measures.