Unexplained Falls and Fractures
Unexplained falls and fractures in the elderly (age 65 and up) are a leading cause of injuries and death. If you're seeking good resources to assist an elderly friend or relative who has been hurt in a fall, you can trust the reputable, credible, and highly successful North Chicago personal injury attorneys of Steven J. Malman & Associates.
Causes of Falls and Fractures: How to Determine If/When to Suspect Negligence
Probably the vast majority of falls and fractures in the elderly are unfortunate accidents.
However, a significant fraction of these injuries could likely have been prevented with the proper precautions, tools, and supervision. When an elder person enters into the care of a nursing home, it becomes the responsibility of the home and its staff to provide a hazard-free environment. Incompetence, negligence, and even abuse can contribute to falls and fractures.
'Red flags' which may indicate that a nursing home may be dangerous include:
- Lack of appropriate lighting at the facility
- Obvious slip and fall hazards (such as loose toys, books, medical equipment, etc)
- Lack of adequate supervision
- Evidence of lazy/imprecise administration of medications
- Out of date/poorly maintained guard rails, hand rails, grab bars, etc
- High rate of nursing home injuries and/or reports of abuses/neglect
- Lack of a decent program of exercise and fitness
Falls and fractures in elderly patients can quickly lead to serious consequences, including: infections; tissue injuries; strains on muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones; depression, agitation; and pressure ulcers (resulting from long stays in bed).
The chain of cause and effect leading to these complications can be difficult to prove. For instance, let's say a diabetic elderly resident fractured her hip while hoisting herself up on a faulty guard rail. The fracture then led to an infection, which ultimately killed her. A case can be made that the nursing home's negligence (in not securing the guard rail) indirectly caused the women's death. Defendants might counter that the woman's compromised immune system (due to her diabetes) predisposed her to infection and thus the home should not be blamed.
To grapple with the complex issues of elder care law effectively, you need an attorney on your side who understands how the courts operate and who has demonstrated competence, results, and an ability to satisfy clients. That's why so many claimants look to the Illinois personal injury lawyers of Steven J. Malman & Associates. Find out more about our firm at www.malmanlaw.com or give us a call. You can also learn more about our zero fee guarantee and our client success stories at our website.