When you entrusted your loved one to the care of a licensed nursing facility, assisted living home or other long-term care facility, you naturally expected him or her to be well cared for. You did not expect your mother, father, husband or wife to suffer preventable injuries such as broken bones. That type of injury is exactly what you may have hoped to prevent when the family made the decision that residency in a care facility had become necessary.
Nursing Home Falls Often Lead To A Downward Spiral Of Rapidly Declining Health
Broken bones typically occur in nursing homes because of falls.
- An elderly or disabled resident may have been trying to move on his or her own, without waiting for caregivers to arrive and help — resulting in a broken hip or other bone. Did they delay more than necessary coming to the assistance of the frail or disabled resident? Was understaffing the likely cause?
- Or did your loved one fall and break a leg because caregivers dropped him or her while attempting to transfer him or her between a bed and a wheelchair — or in or out of a bathtub?
- Did your loved one break an ankle, leg, elbow or arm while on a facility-sponsored outing? Or because of a cracked sidewalk on facility grounds?
Whatever the cause, it is understandable that you wonder if the fall could have been prevented. A free consultation with an attorney can bring greater peace of mind as you consider how to respond. Your loved one and family are likely to incur many expenses as well as distress over the pain and discomfort. An older person’s broken hip or other broken bone will probably take longer to heal than a younger person’s bone would. This may mean a long rehabilitation time, and a higher level of care needed.
It is not uncommon for an elderly or frail person to begin a downward spiral toward a hastened death after breaking a hip. If this happened to your loved one, you may be able to collect compensation for funeral and burial costs, as well as other damages.
In Case Of A Broken Hip Or Limb In A Nursing Home, Contact A Chicago Lawyer Today
Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., has a track record of success uncovering evidence of abuse and neglect in nursing homes and other care-giving circumstances. Our Illinois lawyers offer free initial consultations. Call 312-386-7683 or send an email to request an opportunity to speak with a nursing home neglect attorney.