Albany Lawyers for Nursing Home Fall Injuries
Fighting to for the Elderly in the Capital District
There is a higher risk of falling for nursing home residents as they are more likely to be elderly, disabled, or easily disoriented. The elderly fall in a nursing home due to their frail condition and this usually results in an injury or fracture that can have profound consequences on their ability to function and their independence.
Though falls are a constant risk in a nursing home, the staff and facilities often contribute to these risks even further. Nursing homes are obliged to take measures above and beyond the average to ensure that their residents can move freely and safely and that the facilities are as free of hazards as possible.
The Albany nursing home fall attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP have more than 30 years experience in prosecuting lawsuits for injuries caused by falls and securing the compensation that the victims of this kind of neglect deserve.
Protecting Your Rights After a Fall in a Nursing Home
Should a nursing home's standard of care fall below acceptable limits, resulting in the fall and injury of a resident, they can and should be held liable for their negligence.
Falls can occur when the facility fails to address:
- Hazards in hallways such as electrical cords, wet floors, or other obstacles.
- The need for safety devices such as floor mats, bed rails, or bed height adjustments when needed.
- The need to have assistive devices such as bed alarms or call buttons activated and fully operational.
- Staffing issues that result in dropping a resident while moving them, such as insufficient staff, fatigued staff from long hours, or inadequate training.
- Adequate supervision to prevent high-risk residents from injuring themselves.
Nursing homes are required by federal law to make sure that every resident has an assessment completed upon entering the facility. The facility is required to ensure that the assessment is regularly updated to reflect any possible changes in the resident's medical condition. This must include a written care plan outlining the resident's functional capacity as well as a risk assessment. The nursing home is required to take the necessary steps to ensure the resident has the supervision and safety devices they need to prevent injuries resulting from a fall.
If a loved one or someone close to you has fallen and been injured in a nursing home, contact the experienced Albany nursing home abuse lawyers at Dreyer Boyajian LLP by calling (518) 348-4133.