My elderly dad had been living with me and my family for more than 5 years. His health was getting worse and worse - more than I could handle. I had a decision to make and I made it. I checked around for a good nursing home and finally, admitted him into it.
The home was neat and clean; I trusted that the staff would take good care of him since I no longer could. However, I was wrong.
As we get older, falls become a larger concern. Falls among nursing home residents occur frequently and repeatedly. Unfortunately, approximately 2,000 older adults living in nursing homes die every year from fall-related injuries - and those that survive falls, about 20%, sustain hip fractures or head injuries at the nursing homes.
The most common causes of nursing home falls include:
- Muscle weakness, walking problems - account for about 25% of falls
- Environmental hazards, such as wet floors, poor lighting, bed too high, improperly maintained
wheelchairs - cause about 30% of falls
- Drugs, such as sedatives or anti-anxiety
- Getting out of bed or a wheelchair without waiting for help
Accidents happen, and not every accident in a nursing home is caused by negligence. If your loved one suffered a serious injury in a nursing home, there are important questions that need to be asked. Was it just an accident or did the nursing home staff put your family member at risk? Have a personal injury & accident lawyer get those questions answered for you.
At the San Bernardino and Riverside personal injury law offices of Peach & Weathers, we are skilled at getting answers. Helping you through this difficult time is our commitment. Call us today to discuss your legal options; we will fight to hold the facility accountable.