Preventable Falls

Utah Nursing Home Preventable Fall Lawyers

Where a fall injury results from inadequate care , supervision or inadequate staffing, Elder Care Injury advocates are ready to help. The safety and well-being of nursing home abuse residents depend on the care and vigilance of its administrators and staff. Due to physical and cognitive impairments, these vulnerable residents are prone to falling, which can lead to severe injuries. These older adults can easily slip, trip, and fall without proper supervision and administrative attention to keeping environments free from safety hazards. Unfortunately, falls for older adults pose a more serious risk for injury than for younger individuals. Fractures, broken bones, concussions, sprains, internal injuries, severe brain injuries, and more can result from older adults falling. 

Where nursing home neglect occurs, it can quickly increase the risk of falling for its residents. At Elder Care Injury, we focus solely on representing nursing home victims who have suffered harm due to the carelessness and negligence of these facilities. 

If your loved one has been injured in a preventable fall. our team can conduct an intensive investigation, gather evidence, and build an injury claim seeking compensation for the damages your family member has endured. 

Arrange for a free initial consultation with a Utah nursing home slip, trip, and fall attorney by contacting Elder Care Injury online or at (801) 997-5019

The Connection between Slips, Trips, and Falls and Nursing Home Negligence

Slips, trips, and falls can be red flags pointing towards negligence in nursing homes. These incidents often occur due to a lack of supervision, improper care, or the failure to implement safety measures. When nursing home staff fail to provide a safe environment, it is clear evidence of neglect, and legal action may be necessary to protect your loved ones.

Several factors contribute to slips, trips, and falls in nursing homes. These include:

  • Inadequate staffing: When nursing homes are understaffed, caregivers may be unable to attend to all residents promptly, leading to accidents.
  • Environmental hazards: Poor lighting, wet floors, walkway obstacles, faulty equipment, or loose carpets can increase the risk of falls.
  • Medication errors: Improper administration or incorrect medication dosages can affect a resident’s balance, leading to falls.

What Common Hazards In Nursing Homes Can Contribute To Falls?

In nursing homes, numerous hazards contribute to falls. These include environmental factors such as slippery floors, poor lighting, incorrect bed height, and improperly installed safety rails, particularly in bathrooms. Other common causes include gait and balance disorders, muscle weakness, dizziness, confusion, and visual impairment.

To mitigate these risks, nursing homes can implement several strategies:

  • Regular maintenance can ensure that floors are dry and clear of obstacles, while adequate lighting can help residents navigate safely.
  • Bed heights should be adjusted according to the resident's needs, and safety rails should be properly installed.
  • Regular physical therapy and exercise programs can improve residents' strength and balance, reducing the risk of falls due to physical weakness or gait disorders.
  • Vision tests and corrective eyewear can help those with visual impairments.
    Staff should be trained to identify residents at risk of falling and take necessary precautions.

The Danger of Falls for Older Adults

Falls can be hazardous for older adults. Due to aging, one’s bones become fragile, making these individuals more susceptible to serious injuries. 

According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), falls are the leading cause of death for adults aged 65 and older; approximately 65,000 individuals in this age group died in 2020 from fall-related injuries. Many of these were due to head injuries or hip fractures. The vast majority of hip fractures are the result of falls. Falls are also the most common cause of traumatic brain injury.

What Liabilities Do Nursing Homes Face If A Resident Suffers From a Preventable Fall?

Nursing homes have a legal responsibility to safeguard their residents from falls. If a resident suffers a preventable fall, the nursing home could be held liable for negligence. The liability arises when the nursing home fails to provide an adequate level of care, such as not implementing proper fall prevention measures or not addressing known hazards that contribute to falls. In such cases, the nursing home could be held responsible for any injuries sustained by the resident.

Moreover, if a nursing home does not follow established protocols or regulations for fall prevention, this can also lead to legal liability. A lawsuit may ensue if it's proven that the fall was preventable and the nursing home failed in its duty of care.

If your loved one was injured or killed due to a preventable fall, families may have legal recourse against the nursing home. Do not hesitate to reach out to a nursing home preventable fall attorney in Utah at Elder Care Injury to schedule a consultation. Dial .

Advocating for Justice: How an Injury Lawyer Can Help

As experienced Utah nursing home abuse lawyers, we seek justice for slip, trip, and fall victims. Our compassionate team understands the devastating effects these incidents can have on older adults and their families. 

Here's how we can help:

  • Investigation and gathering evidence: We will thoroughly investigate the incident, gather relevant medical records and documentation, consult medical experts, and interview witnesses to build a strong case.
  • Negotiation of fair settlements: We will fight for fair compensation to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any other damages resulting from the fall.
  • Litigation if necessary: If the nursing home refuses to take responsibility, we will not hesitate to take the case to court and advocate for your rights.

Your nursing home resident deserves to live in a safe and caring environment. If you suspect neglect or have witnessed a slip, trip, or fall incident in a nursing home, do not hesitate to contact a Utah nursing home abuse lawyer at Elder Care Injury for a free consultation. We are here to provide the legal support you need and ensure the well-being of your loved ones.

Submit our online contact form or call (801) 997-5019 to get started. 

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    If you're in need of legal representation, you can contact Elder Care Injury by calling us at (801) 997-5019 or by submitting an online form on our website.
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    At our law firm, we have dedicated and compassionate attorneys who can help you or your loved one. We provide the following legal services:

    • Bed Sores
    • Pressure Ulcers
    • Slips, Trips, & Fall
    • Malnutrition
    • Dehydration
    • Poor Inspections
    • Medication Mistakes
    • Patient Elopement
    • Physical Assault
    • Sexual Assault
    • Bed to Wheelchair Transfer Injuries
    • Pneumonia & Aspiration Pneumonia
    • Infections
    • Wrongful Death
  • How Can Your Law Firm Help Me?

    Unfortunately, the elderly are susceptible to some of the worst mistreatment of all U.S. citizens. Our experienced attorneys seek to bring justice for nursing home abuse victims and their families.

    Our litigators prepare every case for trial through an extensive investigation into the facts and circumstances; this work is done to uncover and expose the wrongdoing that has led to our client’s physical injury, neglect, emotional trauma, or financial harm, and loss of dignity, security, and respect. 

  • When Should I Reach Out To An Attorney?
    Our attorneys can help if you or a loved one has suffered nursing home abuse and neglect, whether physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, or financial. You can discuss your case with for law firm during a free consultation. We work diligently and quickly to help our clients seek justice.

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