A Nursing Home Fall Lawyer Can Hold Negligent Staff Liable for Injuries
In hospitals and nursing homes, poor equipment and negligent staff can contribute to fall injuries among residents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a nursing home slip and fall accident, attorney Josh Silverman can investigate your case for all possibilities of negligence to help you seek compensatory damages. As an experienced nursing home fall lawyer in Richmond, VA, he can work with you to ensure the negligent parties are held accountable. If you suspect negligence was the cause of your or your loved one's fall in a nursing home or hospital, contact our law firm to discuss your case with Mr. Silverman.
Negligence Increases Risks of Falls
Some elderly patients are considered fall risks. In most cases, this means they do not have good balance, which could cause them to fall and seriously hurt themselves. This may be due to underlying medical conditions, advanced age, or medications. Nursing homes and hospitals are obligated to take extra precautions with these patients to prevent falls and injuries. Negligence and even abuse, however, can result in falls even for patients who are not considered at-risk.
Examples of negligence may include:
- Failing to adequately monitor patients
- Failing to assist patients to and from the bathroom or other areas of the facility
- Insufficient training of nursing staff
- Misuse or failure to use fall alarms
- Failure to place floor mats next to the bed to protect the patient
Effects of Falls on the Elderly
Fall injuries are often more severe for the elderly than for others. Many patients already suffer from osteoporosis, making broken bones even more severe. Injuries to the head or neck could prove fatal. Serious injuries may require more extensive treatment and extended care or result in a permanent loss of mobility. All of these could increase the patient’s medical expenses considerably.
These injuries can affect patients mentally as well as physically and financially. Unfortunately, most senior citizens never fully recover from broken bones particularly hip fractures. A patient could become depressed or despondent. Injuries could cause a domino effect on his or her health. Immobility places patients at increased risk of pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers can become infected and lack of mobility could cause other muscle or joint problems.
Liable Parties in a Nursing Home Fall
Cases involving injuries in a nursing home or hospital are a more complex than most because there are so many different parties involved. Determining which parties are liable and which are not can be overwhelming for families. In your pursuit to determine liability, you may get push-back from any number of people, including the nursing home or hospital staff and their employers, the nurse staffing agency, or the particular negligent staff member. Because of this, you should enlist the help of an attorney who has dealt with these parties before.
Nursing homes and hospitals are obligated to take extra precautions with fall risk patients to prevent falls and injuries.
Why You Need a Trained Nursing Home Fall Lawyer
At Silverman Law Firm, LC, Mr. Silverman works on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay no upfront fees for your case and only pay him if he successfully settles or wins your case. It is important, therefore, not to hesitate to call us immediately. The resistance you may face from the liable parties and insurance companies is significant, and you will need an attorney on your side to secure damages for your loved one’s pain and suffering, medical bills, and more.
Do Not Wait to Contact Our Law Firm
If your loved one fell in a nursing home and suffered a serious or fatal injury, call our office at (804) 325-4992 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation. Mr. Silverman has represented many clients in cases such as these and fully understands the process of how to secure the compensation to which you are entitled.