When a younger person falls down, the chance of injury is usually minimal, especially if it’s a short fall to the floor. An elderly person, however, can be severely injured by even a brief fall. The complications that can result from immobility due to a fall can even be fatal. And nursing homes have a responsibility to see to the safety and care of their residents. So what do you do if you suspect a loved one has been subjected to elderly abuse when a nursing home put their safety at risk? Hinkle Law Offices can help you.
When is Falling Considered Nursing Home Abuse?
A nursing home is an establishment that’s supposed to give dedicated care to the elderly living in it. This involves ensuring rapid medical attention, providing supportive care and a safe environment. Addressing all hazards that could contribute to falls is part of that. If a spill has been left untreated, an elderly person left to get out of a high bed without assistance, floors haven’t been adequately cleaned, negligence is the source of the fall. And this is where it becomes elderly abuse.
Keeping a facility clean, safe and equipped to handle the needs of the elderly is one of the responsibilities of the nursing home’s administration and staff. If you’ve spoken to staff members about missing grab bars, unsafe flooring and other issues without seeing action taken, you have a right to report elderly abuse at work.
How We’ll Help You Fight Nursing Home Abuse
If a loved one has been injured in a fall that could’ve been prevented, you may be looking at a case of elderly abuse. The last thing that should happen is for another person to be hurt, and you shouldn’t have to see the negligent parties escape punishment. Hinkle Law Offices can help you examine the facts and determine what the best legal action to take is.
Contact us immediately if you or a loved one have been subjected to elderly abuse that lead to a preventable fall. We’ll help you get the compensation you deserve and prevent future tragedies.