Falls & Fractures
For an older or elderly individual, breaking a bone can lead to even more serious complications. The injury may take a significantly longer time to heal, and mobility may become seriously limited. If your loved one suffered an injury or fracture from a serious fall, it would be smart to consult with an attorney about your situation.
At Jeffries, Kube, Forrest & Monteleone Co. L.P.A., our experienced attorneys work almost exclusively in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice cases. We have handled a myriad of nursing home neglect cases for our clients. In these cases, family members are so hurt and scared for their loved ones. We take pride in helping you and your family hold nursing homes to the standard of care that the law requires. Located in Cleveland, we serve clients throughout Ohio.
Falls Are Common Among Older Adults
The chance of being seriously injured from a fall increases as individuals get older. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that statistically one in three adults age 65 or older suffers from a fall each year. Further, falls are the leading cause of hospital trauma and serious falls can make it difficult to move around, work and can lead to an early death.
Serious Falls in Nursing Homes
It is important to differentiate between individuals who have fallen for the first time and those who have fallen previously. If they are a known fall risk, then it is likely that they are prone to falling again. Nursing homes have specific protocol for handling individuals who are a known fall risk. For example, it may be that two aides must be present with an individual when he or she is moved to the restroom, brought to the cafeteria or for getting dressed. These transfer falls are quite common.
Often, in understaffed nursing homes an employee turns his or her back or does something else not providing the requisite attention when the fall occurs. When policies and procedures are not followed, elderly individuals can get hurt. The nursing home and the individuals are responsible for using the proper procedures and if they do not, you may have a potential lawsuit.
Contact an Ohio Attorney: Handling Nursing Home Fractures
If you are searching for a lawyer who can aggressively handle your nursing home neglect case in court, call our office. We are accessible online or by calling us toll free at 888-341-5854 or at 216-592-8364.