Maryland Nursing Home Slip And Fall Lawyers
When you place your loved ones in a nursing home or assisted living home you assume that their safety and well being will be of utmost importance. That is not always the case as they can suffer serious injuries, and sometimes death, if they are not properly cared for. A very important safety concern is fall prevention while in a nursing home or convalescent facility. Elderly people are not as physically resilient as young people. A fall can induce serious and life threatening injuries upon an elderly person. If your loved one has suffered an injury due to a fall in a Maryland nursing home they you may be entitled to benefits and compensation. And if death occurs, their estate and family members may be entitled to compensation. Please do not hesitate to contact a nursing home neglect lawyer handling nursing home slip and fall cases throughout Maryland including Bethesda, Rockville, Frederick, Ellicott City, Bel Air and Annapolis.
Maryland’s personal injury statute of limitations allows you to file your nursing home injury claim up to 3 years from the date of injury or date of death. It is not advisable to wait nearly that long however. Please contact an experienced assisted living home accident lawyer today. With many years handling nursing home abuse claims in Maryland our attorneys have an outstanding history of obtaining their clients favorable verdicts and settlements.
Risk Factors For Falling While In A Nursing Home
Below are some risk factors that can result in slip and fall accidents in nursing homes:
Patient suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
History of wandering off (elopement)
Abnormal gait (walk)
Frailty or muscle weakness
Problems with vision or eyesight
Taking medications that induce confusion, disorientation, blurred vision or impaired motor function
Poor patient monitoring practices
Prevention Of Falls In Long Term Care Facilities
Most accidents and injuries involving falls in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, like many nursing home injuries, are preventable. Upon being admitted to a nursing home, assisted living center or other long term care facility your loved ones should be assessed for their risk of falling. Proper care planning and implementation should be done. Effective communication between all health care providers such as physicians, nurses, nurses aids, physical and occupational therapists, and the nursing home staff is critical in determining your loved one’s risk of suffering a fall. Once a fall occurs, the care plan may needs to be changed. If it is determined they are at an increased risk of falling then proper measures should be put in place to minimize the risk. These can include:
Use of bed rails
Use of bed and chair alarms
Use of wheelchair alarms
Protective cushions and floor mats
Lowering of the bed
Non slip socks or slippers
Assistance with getting out of bed, chairs, going to the restroom, etc
Physical therapy to increase strength and enhance gait
If these safety precautions are not taken and your loved one sustains a fall severe, painful and life threatening injuries can result. You should contact our Maryland nursing home accident lawyers and let them analyze your case for damages, causation and compensation.
Let A Long Term Care Facility Negligence Lawyer Help You
You, and your loved ones, may be eligible for benefits and compensation according to Maryland personal injury law. Contact our attorneys as they have many decades experience competently handling personal injury claims, nursing home abuse claims and premises liability injury cases throughout Maryland. Our legal team handles assisted living, nursing home abuse and residential treatment center injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that they charge nothing unless they recover on your behalf.