Sacramento Elder Abuse: Falls & Injury
Causes of Falls & Injury for Elderly Persons
Supervision of the elderly is vital in care situations, especially if they suffer from cognitive loss or Alzheimer's. Wandering and elopement could place an elderly person in a dangerous situation and is a major cause of falls and injury in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Elderly people often are not aware of their physical limitations and may attempt to walk up or down steps, walk without necessary aid, or attempt to leave their bed or stand when they are not capable of doing so. A resulting fall could cause severe injury, including broken bones and traumatic brain injury. Osteoporosis is very common in the elderly, meaning that bones are easily broken, take longer to heal, and are highly susceptible to infection.
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It is the caregiver's responsibility to prevent such actions. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities may attempt to blame their negligence or lack of proper care on their small staff or on the overcrowding of the facility, but it does not matter. Get help from an experienced Sacramento elder abuse lawyer today to start on the road to compensation and justice. Newman Law Group LLP is dedicated to protecting the rights of the elderly.
Common Causes of Falls in Nursing Homes
Individuals living in nursing homes are often much older and very frail. Many experience difficulties walking, and several suffer from memory and cognitive problems. All these factors and more can demand direct supervision and assistance when trying to get around the facility. When adequate supervision is not provided, or nursing home staff do not follow proper procedures, falls are more likely to occur.
There are several common causes of falls in nursing homes, including:
- Muscle weakness
- Equipment in the hallways
- Poor lighting
- Wet floors
- Beds that are set too high
- Poorly fitted or maintained wheelchairs
- Improperly fitted shoes
- Inadequate care of feet
- Improper use of walking aids
Do I Have a Case?
In California, nursing home injury claims are based on negligence. Therefore, to successfully hold a nursing home liable for a fall accident, you will need to prove that the nursing home’s negligence contributed to your loved one’s fall.
Common types of negligence that are linked to fall accidents include:
- Inattentive staff
- Understaffed facilities
- Hazardous conditions
- Inadequately maintained premises
- Lack of staff dedicated to fall prevention
- Absence of an effective fall prevention program
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