Chicago Nursing Nursing Home Fall Injury & Fatality Lawyer
More than 1,800 elderly people die each year due to falls in nursing homes. Knowing the inherent risks that falls pose to elderly patients, nursing facilities need to create and implement a fall prevention program for every patient. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is well aware that when elderly residents fall in a nursing facility serious injuries such as broken bones, hip fractures, brain bleeds, and even death can result.
Our nursing home fall injury attorneys have experience evaluating each Illinois nursing home fall case in terms of the fall precautions that were to have been implemented compared to what was done by the facility at the time of the incident. In situations where a nursing home fall could or should have been prevented, our team will work with the goal of holding the facility accountable for their acts. Contact our experienced Chicago area nursing home abuse attorneys for a free consultation of your nursing home fall case today.
Fall Prevention for Patients in Nursing FacilitiesFall prevention programs should identify the characteristics that put the patient at risk of falling and create safeguards for staff to implement that will minimize the risk of falls in the future.
The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act requires facilities to conduct fall risk assessments for each patient on their admission to the facility as well as regular intervals. When a patient is deemed to be a high fall risk, the facility is to implement necessary precautions to reduce the chance of future falls.
Even after a fall-related care plan is in place, staff should always be on the lookout for residents who may require assistance getting around. If residents have a history of falls, the facility should consider using alarms on chairs or beds to notify the home staff when the person attempts to walk on their own.
When prevention measures are not followed and a patient suffers a fall and is injured, the family may file a lawsuit under the nursing home care act to recover compensation for his or her injuries. In a situation, where the fall results in death, the family member may file a wrongful death claim against the facility.
Frequent Causes of Chicago Nursing Home FallsSome of the common causes of fall injury and wrongful death claims include:
- Hazards – wet floors, poor lighting, improper bed heights, improperly maintained wheelchairs or equipment left out of place
- Medications – drugs that affect the central nervous system, such as sedatives and anti-anxiety (or psychoactive) drugs
- Improperly fitting shoes or incorrect walking aids
- Frequent use of restraints
- Failure to provide assistance or provide specialized bathing equipment, including chairs, stands and grips
- Transfer into and out of bed due to negligent staff members
- Failing to engage lock s on wheelchairs
- Failure to maintain stairways and walkways which can lead to a dangerous situation
Understandably, when you learn about a situation where a family member has been injured (such as a fracture, subdural hematoma or death) due to a fall in an Illinois skilled nursing facility, you are immediately concerned about their medical condition. You likely also have questions about how the incident occurred as well.
Consequently, you may wish to contact the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the governmental agency that oversees nursing facilities in Illinois. Once contacted, the IDPH has surveyors that have the authority to go to the facility and interview staff members about an incident. If the investigator determines that the facility failed to follow protocols, IDPH has the authority to issue fines for poor care.
You can also request a copy of the investigative findings, which can be helpful in evaluating a potential negligence case against the facility. If you have questions regarding the fall reporting process or role of IDPH, contact our nursing home team as we can guide you through this process.
Medical Facility Liability For Patients Injured or Killed in Fall Accidents
When evaluating nursing home fall cases, the Chicago personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC evaluates the circumstances surrounding the specific incident as well as the patient’s fall-related history at the facility. Not all fall-related injuries involving patients will give rise to compensation.
However, in many situations, there is a pattern of falls and a clear failure on the part of staff to implement fall-prevention precautions. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to holding negligent facilities fully accountable for injuries sustained by patients when they fall in Chicago long-term care facility. In these situations, a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against the facility under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act to recover compensation for your loved one's injuries and related pain. Contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for more information about filing a lawsuit.
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC, our Chicago nursing home law firm know how important it is to review the patient’s complete chart from a facility to evaluate liability in nursing home fall cases. When liability is established, the facility may be responsible for the associated pain, the decline in the quality of life, and medical bills related to treatment. As with all of our nursing home negligence matters, we handle nursing home fall cases on a contingency fee basis where there is only a legal fee charged when there is a financial recovery for you.