Falls among elderly nursing home residents can result in critical injuries, some of which even may be fatal. Hip fractures, brain injuries, and fractures to other bones all can have grave results for the elderly residents who fall. Despite these serious consequences, however, a large number of nursing home residents suffer from falls on a daily basis, many of which are easily preventable or avoidable.
A nursing home or other care facility has a duty to minimize risks to its patients, including the risks of falling and suffering falling-related injuries. All too often, issues such as neglect, chronic understaffing, and lack of supervision can result in an individual being injured in a fall. When this type of injury occurs, the resident’s family members and loved ones must determine whether the fall was truly an unavoidable accident, or whether the nursing home facility and its staff could have prevented the fall and resulting injuries.
If there is evidence of negligent behavior on the part of staff members or the nursing facility itself with respect to the care of your loved one, and he or she suffers injuries as a result, you may have a cause of action for the damages resulting from the fall. Depending on the outcome of the resident’s fall and injuries, this cause of action may take the form of either a personal injury action or a wrongful death suit.
When a nursing home resident suffers injuries or even death due to falling while left unattended by staff, you may have legal grounds for a lawsuit against the staff and facility who failed to do their jobs. If you or a loved one is in this situation, you should definitely contact an experienced Wisconsin nursing home abuse attorney at Boller & Vaughn today. We know how to protect your rights and potentially get compensation for any injuries that occurred. Nursing homes have a duty to protect their residents and ensure that they receive the appropriate level of supervision. When nursing home staff fails to meet that duty, it is up to you to hold negligent Wisconsin nursing homes responsible for their actions. Call Boller & Vaughan today and see what assistance we can offer you and your family.