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Falls and fractures are common in residents in nursing homes since they are often disabled, elderly and easily disoriented. Given their frail medical condition, a fall resulting in an injury or fracture will have a significant impact on their functional ability and quality of life.
Although nursing home residents are prone to falling, in many cases mistakes made by the facility or their staff contribute to the fall. Nursing homes have an obligation to take extra precautions to make sure that the facility is free of hazards and that preventative measures are in place. If you or your loved one has been inured as a result of negligence you should consider Injury Attorneys.
Who Can Sue
When a facility fails to follow the proper standard of care and it results in a serious injury from a fall, the nursing home may be held responsible for the damages caused by their negligence.
The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) sponsored a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2008 to increase recognition of this global problem and raise awareness of the factors that can lead to or limit abuse of seniors. The rapid aging of the population in the United States raises concerns about the stress which will continue to be placed on nursing homes and elder care systems, which could increase the risk of abuse or negligent care.
Federal Nursing home regulations require that every resident have an assessment done when they enter the facility and to update the assessment on a regular basis or with changes in their medical condition. This report must include a written plan of care which describes the functional capacity of the resident and an assessment of their risk of falling. Based on this assessment, proper steps must be taken to supervise the resident and provide safety devices to prevent fall injuries