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Attorneys in Denver, CO for Cases of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, nursing home residents fall two to three times a year. In addition, in one study, the CDC found that more than one in 20 nursing home residents had suffered injuries in a fall within the past three months. This suggests that slips and falls in nursing homes are not only common, but that they are frequently serious. For aging nursing home residents, the consequences of suffering injuries in a fall can include chronic pain and permanent disabilities; and, after a fall, obtaining prompt medical treatment can be critical to minimizing the long-term complications.
Sadly, many falls in nursing homes go unreported. Residents may not realize the severity of their injuries, and nursing home staff may attempt to conceal falls in order to protect their jobs and help their facilities avoid liability. However, the law is clear: If a fall is the result of nursing home neglect or abuse, the nursing home deserves to be held accountable. Falls can be avoided with proper care, and nursing homes that fail to provide proper care must take responsibility.
Common Causes of Slips and Falls in Nursing Homes
There are numerous issues that can lead to slips and falls in nursing homes. We have experience representing residents and families in a wide variety of types of cases, and we can help you seek financial compensation for the physical, emotional and financial costs of falls resulting from:
- Failure to monitor residents who need ambulatory assistance
- Inadequate nursing home maintenance
- Inadequate security measures (i.e. failure to limit access to stairwells)
- Insufficient staffing
- Lack of anti-skid protection, missing handrails and other safety failures
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Medication errors (including overdose and failure to administer prescription medications)
Common Injuries from Slips and Falls
Slips and falls can result in numerous types of internal and external injuries. For elderly nursing home residents, these injuries can often have lasting complications. It is important that residents receive medical attention promptly after falling, and understanding the potentially life-long effects is critical to making sure your family receives just compensation. The effects of slips and falls in nursing homes frequently include:
- Abrasions, bruises and lacerations
- Chronic pain
- Hip and other bone fractures
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spina cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Infections and other harmful complications
After a fall, it is important not to rely on your loved one’s nursing home to provide an accurate account of what happened. Unfortunately, nursing homes will frequently misrepresent the reasons for falls – even blaming residents for their own injuries – in order to try to avoid legal responsibility. At Levine Law, we can get to the bottom of what happened, and we can make sure your loved one receives the care, treatment and financial compensation he or she deserves.
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For more information about seeking financial compensation for fall-related injuries sustained in a Denver nursing home, we encourage you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. To speak with one of our experienced nursing home neglect lawyers in confidence, please call (303) 333-8000 or inquire online today.