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October 9, 2014

Can I Sue After a Nursing Home Fall?

nursing home fallAs the American population ages, more and more people will turn to nursing homes and other long-term facilities in order to meet their medical needs. Taking the step to personally move into an assisted living facility or moving your loved ones to one can be difficult, and it is important to make sure that the facility you choose meets your needs. Nursing homes are often designed and staffed in order to meet the needs of an elderly population, and generally speaking their residents receive high quality and professional care. While this is usually the case, every year thousands of people are injured in preventable accidents because of negligence. If you or a loved one have been injured in an nursing home incident, you should consult with one of our experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyers as soon as possible.

The prevention of falls is a significant issue for nursing homes designed for older adults, as demographically this group is at a substantially increased risk of falling. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 1 out of every 3 adults over the age of 65 will fall in a given year. As a result, nursing homes owe their residents a duty to reasonable steps to minimize the risk of falls among their population.

Unfortunately, this does not always occur, and falls happen in Philadelphia on a daily basis. When these falls are the result of negligence on the part of a nursing home or its staff, victims may be able to recover by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Some ways in which a nursing home could negligently cause a fall include:

  • Wet floors
  • Debris of floor
  • Lack of handrails in stairs
  • Lack of handrails in bathrooms
  • Slippery flooring
  • Lack of supervision
  • Exposed electrical cords
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Torn carpet
  • Uneven flooring

 

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