When a patient gets admitted to a nursing home, it is generally expected from them that they will be completely protected from any kind of hazards or accidents that can contribute to their deteriorating conditions. The risk of a patient to fall down when admitted to a healthcare center is high because of various reasons like limited physical movement, the effects of high dosage of medicines and sedatives and trauma or disorientation. However, unfortunately, the falls happen which eventually aggravate the sickness of the patient too. Lack of proper supervision, help or the devices that are needed for movement can contribute to a situation where fall becomes inevitable. If you or your loved ones have been a victim of such accident within the premises of a nursing home, where treatment and protection were assured, then consult with a Washington PA accident lawyer immediately so that you can claim compensation.
According to the statistics, around 1800 people die each year in nursing homes due to fall-related injuries. When a patient is already under treatment, the fall can worsen the situation. Patients often sustain head, bone and hip injury due to fall while unsupervised. While getting in and out of bed, the maximum numbers of accidents happen.
There are several ways how the falls can be prevented, such as,
- Maintaining the property regularly to do away with the hazards that can cause tripping and falling
- Proper lights everywhere so that dark corners and corridors don’t become a dangerous zone for the patient
- Employing adequate staff to look after the patient whenever the assistance is needed
- Implementing a proper plan so that the injuries can be preventing like taking care of the height of the bed or padding on the floor around the bed
If the nursing home fails to take care of any of these, then you can hire a Washington PA injury lawyer and sue them for negligence.
Lack of professional staff is another reason for the nursing homes to neglect their patient. If a patient is calling out for a nurse to go to the bathroom and yet he or she remains unattended for half an hour, it is obvious that he or she will try to get up all by himself or herself. While doing so, the fall becomes inevitable. The patients in a nursing home are often remained attached to various devices that help the doctors monitor their health and progress. If the tubes and wires remain scattered around, it is obvious that the patient will trip and fall down only to hurt himself or herself more. Also, the nursing homes are supposed to maintain high standard so that the condition of the establishment doesn’t become a cause of devastating accidents.
However, if any such accident happens to you or your loved ones, come to us without any delay. The expert Washington PA accident lawyer at Horowitz and Logue is experienced enough to deal with similar cases and have won the compensation for the patients. Get in touch with us to consult your case.