One of the most common reasons a nursing home resident may sustain an injury is due to a drop or fall. These incidents often occur during transfers to and from a bed, a wheelchair, toilet, or chairs. They might also happen when staff is using a lift to assist with the transfer of a patient.
You may benefit from reaching out to a compassionate nursing home lawyer to discuss drops and falls in Michigan nursing homes if your loved one has suffered an injury while under staff care. By seeking the counsel of a knowledgeable attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., you could understand your legal options and determine if you can seek compensation.
How Patients are Dropped in Nursing Homes
Unfortunately, many drops and falls in Michigan nursing homes have to do with insufficient staffing and a lack of supervision. While the actions of a resident can result in their own fall, an error made by a nursing home staff member is a common cause of patients falling. These include drops during:
- A transfer from a bed to a wheelchair, or vice versa
- A transfer to and from a wheelchair to shower or bath
- Transfer of a resident on or off a toilet
- Transfer from one chair to another chair
- Transfer in or out of a transportation vehicle
- A Hoyer Lift transfer
Residents Left on Their Own
Some falls may happen due to any number of circumstances regarding a patient’s condition, including any previous falls, age, abnormalities of gait and balance, and visual and cognitive impairment. Unfortunately, there are many factors that may contribute to a falls in Michigan nursing facilities, which include:
- The resident is disoriented and attempts to get out of bed without assistance
- The resident has dementia or some other condition which affects their ability to understand the danger of falling from bed
- The resident is on medications that affect the coordination and stability of the patient to get out of bed without assistance
- The resident needs to use the bathroom and presses the call light for assistance, but no one shows up to the room to help
- The patient is under medication that affects balance and coordination
- The patient has a medical condition that affects steadiness and balance
- The patient needs assistance to get off of the toilet and staff does not come to assist
- The patient falls in a shower or bathtub due to lack of necessary safety features
- The patient is injured during a transfer by a staff member
However, it is the nursing home staff’s responsibility to do a proper assessment and determine if a resident is a fall risk. Therefore, if an injury occurs, a nursing home may be deemed legally responsible for the resulting injuries.
Potential Injuries After a Nursing Home Fall
Depending on the circumstances of a drop or fall in a nursing facility, the resulting injuries are often severe. These include, but are not limited to:
- Hip fractures
- Femur damage
- Broken Arms and elbows
- Closed-head injuries
- Traumatic brain damage
When these or other injuries occur after a drop or fall in a nursing home, a Michigan lawyer could tirelessly to determine how and why an incident occurred.
Legal Rights Involving Fall Injuries
A nursing home resident who suffers an injury due to a fall has legal rights. Depending on the circumstances, claims can be filed against the nursing home or another facility that was responsible for the care and supervision of the injured resident. Compensation can be sought for both economic and non-economic damages, including the injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and care required for the resident after the transfer.
However, before this compensation can be obtained, a claimant has to first prove that a nursing home and its staff were negligent in their care of duty and that this negligence resulted in the resident’s injuries. Due to the complex nature of this process, it may be beneficial to hire a seasoned Michigan lawyer for help.
Call a Lawyer to Discuss Drops and Falls in Michigan Nursing Homes
If your loved one was injured after suffering a drop and fall in a Michigan nursing home, you may be scared for their safety and unsure of how to proceed. However, by hiring a lawyer at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., you could work to assess the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident and determine if a nursing home was negligent.
However, because of important time limitations on a claim, the sooner you begin building a case, the better. Call a legal professional today to schedule a consultation.
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