Falls are a major problem for residents of nursing homes. In some cases, yes, the nursing home can be held liable if a resident is harmed in a fall under its care. Close to 2,000 people die each year in nursing home falls. Although nursing homes cannot prevent every potential fall by a resident, they are responsible for taking steps to prevent falls in patients that are prone to falls.
Nursing homes are responsible for creating programs to identify patients who are at risk of falling, and for putting safeguards in place for staff that will help minimize the risk of falls in the future. For some high-risk residents, nursing homes may use alarms on chairs or beds that will notify the staff when that person tries to walk alone.
There are a number of common causes of falls for residents of nursing homes besides a resident’s poor physical health. A resident may be on medications that make him or her more prone to falls. The nursing home may have hazards like wet floors, bad lighting, or defective wheelchairs. The nursing home may have failed to provide assistance or specialized equipment for bathing. A resident may not have been offered assistance in getting into and out of bed.If your parent has been hurt in a fall in a nursing home, it’s important that you speak with a personal injury attorney who can evaluate all the circumstances surrounding the fall. If you are in Houston, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Call us today to learn more or visit us on Google+ to learn more about the firm.