Florida Nursing Home FallsApril 19, 2021 | Category: Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse | Share
Federal, state, and county regulations require nursing homes to keep their premises reasonably free of hazards. They are also required to maintain safety policies and hire, train, and supervise employees.
When a resident is admitted to a nursing home, the staff usually does a fall assessment and implements a plan to handle any risk. The facility is also required to have adequate equipment which can include bed rails, chairs with locking wheels, canes, walkers, and non-skid footwear to prevent falls.
Fort Myers Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. says, “There are injuries that can happen to seniors when they slip and fall in nursing homes that may be life-changing. These include:
- Soft Tissue Injuries – These injuries are not outwardly visible and may not become evident to the victim until days or weeks later.
- Head Injuries – It is a medical emergency, even if a head injury appears minor. There may be swelling, bleeding, or a loss of consciousness. More serious traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can permanently alter the ability to function.
- Cuts and Abrasions– These injuries may look quite severe in the beginning. They may heal or need a few stitches, but they may also hide more serious injuries, like concussions and broken bones.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – These injuries are frequently life-threatening and should have immediate medical care and even ongoing treatment. Medical professionals say the higher up in the spinal cord an injury is located, the more extensive the damage can be.”
America’s Health Rankings® analyzed the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2018) information on older adult falls. America’s Health Rankings® found that “One out of 5 falls among older adults causes a serious injury, including 95% of hip fractures and 51% of head injuries. Other potential consequences of falls include extensive rehabilitation in a long-term care facility, decreased mobility, loss of independence, social isolation and depression, and premature death. The fatality rate from falls has been increasing, and as the aging population lives longer the number of falls is expected to increase as well.”
“Nursing home slips and falls may be the result of nursing home negligence and a failure to use the reasonable care that they are required to give. An investigation is appropriate to determine the circumstances of the fall. These cases are often complex and require experienced legal assistance. If you or a loved one slip and fall in a nursing home facility, please contact our experienced Fort Myers nursing home abuse/neglect legal team. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you, and we are available to assist you 24/7,” said Attorney Spivey.
Fort Myers Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.