When it comes time to move a loved one into a nursing home or other type of assisted living facility, you will take great care to choose a place that will be good for both their physical and emotional health. Unfortunately, even the most careful choice of a facility that seems conducive to their health and safety can backfire. Many nursing homes are understaffed with too few employees who work for minimal wages and may not be adequately trained. This can cause a deficiency in the proper supervision and care that every resident needs and deserves. When nursing home residents are not properly monitored or treated, the potential for accidents and injuries significantly increases, as the folks in nursing homes are generally older and already in ill health. If you or a loved one has suffered injury in a nursing home, an experienced Houston slip and fall lawyer can help you recover for any injury-related losses.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are one type of incident that commonly causes injury to nursing home residents. Many elderly people have difficulties with balance and stability when standing or walking. These residents should always be provided with adequate medical equipment, such as walkers or wheelchairs, to help prevent slips, trips, and falls. Additionally, such residents should always be properly monitored and assisted when moving around. Facilities should also always be designed with these special needs in mind, and nursing homes must be especially vigilant in cleaning spills and warning of potential hazards as soon as possible. When a resident does not have the necessary assistance, the potential for slipping and falling is substantial.
Slip and fall accidents are particularly dangerous for older Americans, mostly due to the potential for fractured or broken hips. Broken hips can cause many complications for older adults, including prolonged hospitalization, the need for surgical procedures, the risk of infection, immune system deficiencies, and potentially permanent immobilization. The required medical treatment can be extremely costly and such injuries may substantially impair a slip and fall victim’s enjoyment of life. If a slip and fall accident occurs at a nursing home because of the negligence of the staff or facility, the fall victim deserves to be fully and justly compensated for all fall-related losses.
Contact a Houston Slip and Fall Accident Attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has suffered injury in a nursing home slip and fall accident, experienced Houston attorney Stewart J. Guss can help you recover what is due. As an experienced slip and fall attorney as well as an attorney regularly handling nursing home abuse and neglect cases, he is uniquely qualified to help. Call (281)664-6500 for a free consultation today.