Was Your Loved One’s Fall Caused by Nursing Home Neglect?Posted on May 14, 2022
If your loved one has suffered a fall in a nursing home, follow these specific steps to determine whether or not that fall was a result of nursing home abuse and neglect.
- First and foremost, contact your local state nursing home abuse hotline. It’s a confidential 800 number usually. You can call in. Let them know your concerns that your loved one has fallen. They will then open up an investigation and find out what occurred or at least interview the staff members that were involved in your loved one’s care. It is not determinative as to whether or not there was negligence on behalf of the nursing home necessarily, but it’s very helpful in terms of gathering that information.
- Second, you must then also talk with an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorney so that they can analyze the records and the findings of the state and counsel you on that.
We know that the consequences of an elderly person falling in a nursing home can be devastating. In fact, the National Institute of Health has done studies on hip fractures in the elderly in nursing homes and found that they have a 30% death rate in the next 12 months after a fracture. So you can often see the consequences of fall and a fracture being death even months after the fall itself.
So if you suspect that your loved one has fallen and injured and it may be a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, we encourage you to reach out to us. We conduct free consultation. There’s no obligation whatsoever. So feel free to reach out!