If a person is living in a nursing home, it is because they can no longer care for themselves due to a physical or mental condition. As such, those in nursing homes are particularly fragile and vulnerable—something like a fall could lead to serious injuries, and even death in severe cases. If your loved one has been harmed in a nursing home fall accident, here’s what you should know about suing for negligence and recovering compensation on their behalf. 

Common Causes of Nursing Home Falls

While some falls in nursing homes aren’t preventable or predictable, many of them are. Some of the most common causes of falls in nursing homes include:

  • Environmental hazards, such as hazards in walking areas, loose floorboards, torn carpets, uneven walking surfaces, etc.
  • Lack of appropriate resident care or supervision—for example, failing to assist a resident who is trying to get to the restroom 
  • Medication errors, including improper medication dosage, failure to give medication, or failure to monitor after medication is given—some medications can increase the risk of dizziness and therefore the risk of falling, for example

Injuries from a Nursing Home Fall

When a nursing home resident falls, they are at serious risk of severe injury. Potential injuries can include:

  • Bone fracture injuries—hip fractures are especially common 
  • Internal injuries, including internal bleeding
  • Back and neck injuries, including spinal cord injuries in severe cases
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Soft tissue injuries

An elderly person’s body is not nearly as resilient as a young person’s. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that falls are the leading cause of injury-related death amongst adults ages 65 and older. An older adult who suffers a fall may never fully recover from it and suffer an early death. 

Liability for a Nursing Home Fall

In many cases, the negligence of a nursing home/nursing home staff causes or contributes to a fall and related injury. If a nursing home fails to execute the duty of care that’s owed to residents and an injury follows, the nursing home could be held liable for damages. Examples of nursing home negligence that could lead to a fall include failing to install grab bars or handrails, failure to properly monitor and assist patients, failure to maintain premises in a reasonably safe condition to prevent fall hazards, medication errors, etc. If a nursing home fails to meet any other acceptable standard of care and this failure leads to harm, you have a claim for damages. 

Get Help from a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today 

At the office of Tetzel Law, our nursing home abuse lawyers in Massachusetts can help you to file your claim for damages and seek recompense for the harm suffered by your elderly loved one. To learn more about suing for negligence following a nursing home fall, reach out to our law firm directly by phone or online at your convenience. We offer free consultations and typically work on a contingency fee basis. Reach us now at (617) 742-1700.