Patients in nursing homes, and their families, entrust these facilities with their lives and well-being. Unfortunately, there are times when patients are not tended to or given the attention they need. Nursing homes are required by law to provide an adequate level of care. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident as a result of negligent care, you may be entitled to collect compensation. Find out your legal rights today in a free consultation with a Phoenix nursing home abuse attorney from Torgenson Law. Reach us through our contact form online, or call (602) 759-0012.
There are three common types of nursing home accidents that often result in serious injuries:
Millions of elderly individuals fall every year, and the injuries caused can be costly, debilitating, and sometimes fatal. Some of the factors that often increase the risk of a nursing home slip or trip and fall include:
A routine examination by a doctor may aid in the prevention of falls. A patient’s physician can ensure they are following a healthy eating plan, and that they are not suffering from any vitamin deficiencies that can lead to weakness and dizziness.
Bedsores, more formally known as pressure ulcers, develop when prolonged pressure is placed on the skin due to a patient remaining in one position for too long. Elderly patients require frequent help turning over or shifting positions if they are unable to move on their own. The development of bedsores may be an indication that the nursing home is understaffed, or that members of the staff are neglecting their duties or not appropriately attending to the patient. These sores occur most often on heels, ankles, hips, and tailbones.
Nursing home residents often require multiple medications throughout the day. The staff is required to monitor every patient’s prescriptions, and ensure they receive the proper medication and correct dose. Mistakes can easily happen when caregivers are too busy or inexperienced.
Most accidents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are preventable. If the necessary safety precautions were not taken and led to an injury, you may be entitled to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit for damages.
Depending on the circumstances, a nursing home can be held liable when a resident is injured in an accident caused by negligence. Nursing homes owe their residents a very strict “duty of care,” and may be considered negligent if they fail to provide treatment, care, goods, or services necessary to maintain a resident’s health to the best of its ability. Incidents of negligence that commonly prompt injury claims, include:
When a victim can demonstrate that negligence on behalf of a nursing home played a role in their injury, then the facility may be legally liable for all resulting damages. There are times when incidents may involve third-party liability, for example, if a wheelchair broke or malfunctioned. In that scenario, the wheelchair’s vendor or manufacturer may alone be liable, or as well, for the defective product.
Proving a nursing home’s negligence can be difficult and complex. Building a strong case will take experience and resources. We will protect your legal rights and fight to get you and your family the compensation you deserve. Call (602) 759-0012 for a free consultation with our nursing home negligence lawyers today.