Kansas City Nursing Home Fall Attorney
Fall prevention should be a key component of all nursing home facilities. Over 70% of nursing home residents who break bones in a fall suffer a rapid decline after the fall. At Dollar, Burns & Becker, L.C., we offer effective legal services to family members who are concerned about the level of care their loved ones are receiving in nursing home facilities.
As experienced trial attorneys, we offer effective and aggressive representation. As advocates for injured people, we are persistent in our pursuit of active measures to make fundamental changes to the nursing home care system. We strive to stop nursing homes from falsifying records, understaffing their facilities, and ultimately contributing to the lack of respect and dignity that our elderly population deserves.
To learn how we can help, contact Missouri nursing home fall lawyer. We offer free consultations and attorneys' fees on contingency.
Anyone who suspects abuse or neglect should call the Elder Abuse Hotline through the Department of Health and Senior Services at 1-800-392-0210.
Failure to Monitor
People who are in nursing homes are there for a reason. They are simply unable to take care of themselves in all of the ways they need. Nursing home residents are vulnerable to falls and should be monitored and treated to prevent falls. However, nursing home residents are often neglected, left to fall out of bed or while walking unassisted. Once the fall occurs, residents often take a drastic turn for the worse. Some of the complications they suffer include infections and pneumonia.. The initial traumatic event of a fall is the beginning of a large cumulative error that can result in a fatality.
Nursing home directors, supervisors, physical therapists, RNs, and other caregivers need to assess each patient properly. If a fall occurs, it should be documented, and the physician and family members should be notified. A comprehensive assessment to determine why the resident suffered the fall must be completed and appropriate interventions implemented to protect the resident from future falls. Facilities have numerous assistive devices to offer as interventions. For instance, proper railings on beds, along hallways, and in bathrooms should be used to prevent falls. The floor should be uncluttered. Staff should respond to call lights. Often residents try to get out of bed on their own after waiting for help. Monitoring devices such as alarms may be appropriate along with an assistive lap buddy or seat belt. These relatively small precautions and steps can be taken to ensure our elderly folks are taken care of.
If your loved one has fallen in a nursing home, contact our firm.