I am sorry to hear about your mother’s fall. A large percentage of nursing home residents are unable to move themselves from one location to another. They often need the assistance of nursing home staff to move out of their beds. In most facilities, there are protocols for transferring patients, depending on the weight of the patient and the patient’s mobility level. It may take two or more staff members to transfer a patient, and in some cases even a mechanical lift.
When a patient in a nursing home in Houston is dropped, the patient can suffer very serious injuries or even be killed. Nursing home residents are typically already frail and weak. If the resident is dropped, he or she can suffer damage to internal organs, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, or even be killed. In people over the age of 65 in the U.S., falls are the leading cause of injury death.
In most cases, if a patient in a nursing home is dropped, the fall occurred because there was a failure to follow the nursing home’s protocol for transferring patients. The nursing home may have failed to properly train its employees, or it may be understaffed. There may have been a shortage of sufficient equipment needed to safely transfer patients. In most situations, if a patient is dropped it is because of wrongdoing on the part of the nursing home.
If your loved one has been dropped by employees at a nursing home and suffered injuries as a result, you should speak with an attorney. Call the Houston nursing home negligence attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.