The frail elderly make up the vast majority of patients in nursing homes. These are people especially vulnerable to falling. Because of their frailty, seniors who fall are more likely to experience serious consequences such as broken hips and other fractures, head injuries and lacerations.
Nursing homes are expected to exercise the proper standard of care and take the steps needed to prevent falls. When they do not and patients suffer injury as a result, they may be held liable for the injuries and losses resulting from their negligence.
At the law firm of Dempsey & Kingsland, P.C., our nursing home abuse attorneys help nursing home patients who were injured in falls. We seek compensation and justice for residents of nursing homes who were injured in falls, filing lawsuits against the nursing home operators, administrators and staff.
Call (816) 484-3776 for a no-cost consultation. We have obtained substantial settlements and jury verdicts for catastrophic and permanent injury across the K.C. metro area, including for clients injured in nursing homes.
Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing home negligence that leads to falls often takes the form of inadequate staffing levels, untrained staff and poor supervision. Our lawyers have the experience and knowledge to identify the cause of the negligence and seek remedies for injured clients.
When an elderly person falls, the consequences can be catastrophic. Broken bones and broken hips in particular can leave elderly people bedridden for the rest of their lives and can hasten their deaths. Our attorneys file wrongful death cases on behalf of families whose loved ones died because of falls.
Examples of Nursing Home Falls
Our cases have involved nursing home falls such as:
- Falls out of bed because bed rails were not raised or used
- Falls on wet or slippery floors
- Falls caused by tripping on dangling cords
- Falls that went unnoticed by staff because of missing or inoperative bed alarms and call buttons
- Falls resulting from allowing patients to walk unassisted, even when it was known that supportive devices such as walkers, canes or wheelchairs were needed
In addition to cases such as these, our law firm handled a claim for a patient who was dropped because an aide attempted to transfer her without the assistance required by the facility’s protocols. Other nursing home fall cases include one in which an aide was using the gait belt required for the patient, but had not positioned it correctly.
We invite you to contact us if you or a loved one was injured in a nursing home fall. Our nursing home abuse attorneys will learn about your case, discuss your options and guide you through the legal process. Call us in Kansas City at (816) 484-3776.