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Any doctor will tell you that a fall can cause painful, irreparable damage for an older adult. Because of the natural effects of aging, seniors have a high risk for broken bones and other traumatic injuries when they experience a fall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms this fact. They list falls as the number one cause of injuries and death for older Americans. Many families each year make the decision to enlist the help of a nursing home in caring for a loved one precisely because they understand the extreme danger of falls. If you have someone close to you living in an assisted living community, you naturally expect that establishment to be aware of the dire risks posed by falls. Tragically, sometimes nursing homes ignore the risks and put their residents in danger.
When your loved one suffers from a fall at their nursing home, it can be overwhelming. There is no compensating for their pain and trauma, or your grief. However, if the nursing home caused or failed to prevent their fall, you may at least be eligible for financial compensation. As the nursing home falls attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC know, when nursing home negligence causes a fall, you can hold that business accountable by seeking damages.
It can be difficult to tell whether a nursing home is legally liable, or responsible, for a fall. Falls afflict millions of older Americans each year inside and outside of assisted living arrangements. Maybe the fall would have happened anyway. While these doubts are reasonable, it is crucial to remember that we expect nursing homes to understand, anticipate, and prevent problems that are foreseeable for their senior residents. They are legally accountable when they fail to show their residents the proper respect and care.
Falls should and can be prevented when nursing homes take reasonable, commonsense measures. Many common causes of falls are the result of negligence, plain and simple. A few examples of obvious dangers that lead to falls are:
A nursing home’s reckless oversight can mean devastating heartbreak for your family. The law strictly holds those establishments accountable for their patients’ wellbeing, and part of that responsibility is carefully preventing falls.
When your loved one falls in a nursing home, it can be difficult to decide what to do. An experienced attorney can help you determine whether you have legal grounds to look for monetary compensation. The nursing home falls attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC are ready to offer advice based on the specifics of your case. Call us at (312) 346-8620 to speak to a dedicated legal professional.