Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Oregon Explains Nursing Home Falls
Most people are aware that elderly people are at a greater risk of falling due to compromised mobility, being frail, or having some degree of cognitive dysfunction. While this may be the case, falls can still be prevented with proper care and caution. All too often, falls in nursing homes and other healthcare facilities are often blamed on the fact that the person was at a high risk of falling anyway. This excuse is not acceptable. Residents who are at great risk for falling should have fall precautions instituted. Lack of these precautions being implemented along with a lack of supervision can lead to falls that can cause serious injuries. Our Oregon nursing home lawyers in Bend and Portland, OR, understand how serious a fall in a nursing home can be as well as how preventable falls can be if proper precautions are instituted. We also understand and are aware of how serious the injuries can be from these falls, and are prepared to help you and your loved ones gain the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.
Falls in nursing homes can result in serious or catastrophic injuries, often leading to an innocent person’s death. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a nursing home fall, call our experienced nursing home abuse attorney in Portland and Bend, OR, to help you recover compensation for your personal injuries.
Most Common Causes of Falls in Nursing Homes
While nursing home staff will often try to pass the blame onto the residents given their age and frailty, many of the causes of falls in a nursing home are due to negligence. Some of the most common causes of Oregon nursing home falls include the following:
- Failing to identify residents at risk for a fall properly
- Failure to properly supervise residents
- Failure to properly maintain the facility, resulting in fall hazards that residents can trip or slip-on
- Resident neglect leads to residents getting up by themselves because they haven’t been properly attended to
- Accidents involving residents in wheelchairs, including failure to properly transfer a resident or use the brakes during a transfer
- Inadequate staffing, understaffing, or lack of appropriate training for staff
- Other causes of falls in nursing homes due to neglect
Most Common Types of injuries After a Fall in a Nursing Home
Residents who suffer a fall due to negligent care often sustain many different types of serious injuries. The most common injuries seen as a result of a fall in a nursing home include the following:
- Fractures of the pelvis
- Hip fractures
- Arm or wrist fractures
- Rib fractures
- Internal organ injuries
- Orbital blowout fractures
- Vertebra fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Other serious injuries due to a fall in a nursing home
Call Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer for Help After a Nursing Home Fall
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice, contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles, St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.
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