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Nursing home staff were slow to respond to my mother’s call for assistance because they were busy with other residents. She fell and got hurt. Could the nursing home be liable?
Yes, the situation that you describe could be evidence of nursing home neglect.
Nursing homes have a legal responsibility to provide appropriate staffing for nursing home residents. Staff members may be doing their very best to attend to each resident’s needs. However, if the nursing home creates a situation where the number of residents per staff number is too large, then staff members may not be able to take care of each resident within a reasonable amount of time and the nursing home itself may be negligent.
A full investigation would need to be done to determine if your loved one was hurt due to nursing home negligence or just an unfortunate accident.
What to Look for During the Investigation
During an investigation into potential nursing home understaffing, you and your loved one’s attorney are going to want to find out:
- How many staff members were on duty and how many residents were in the facility at the time your mother fell.
- What steps the nursing home took to find and hire staff members.
- Whether the nursing home offered a competitive pay rate for staff members that was consistent with similar facilities in the area.
- Whether the nursing home is a for-profit company and might be looking to lower staffing costs to maximize profits.
- How staff members were trained.
If there is any evidence of understaffing, then you are going to want to take the next step and help your mother get a fair legal recovery.
Make Sure Your Loved One Has the Legal Representation She Deserves
The nursing home is going to fight back against any allegations of negligence. The facility’s attorneys will argue that your loved one’s injuries were just an unfortunate accident that happened despite the reasonable care that the nursing home provided.
It is up to your loved one to prove that the nursing home was negligent and failed to provide her with reasonable care. However, she does not have to meet this burden alone. Instead, she has the right to work with an experienced Alabama nursing home abuse lawyer who knows how to investigate potential neglect cases, gathers relevant evidence, and makes persuasive arguments to get injured nursing home residents the fair and just recoveries that they deserve. To learn more about how we can help your loved one during this difficult time, please contact us today via this website or by phone.
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My parent fell in a nursing home. Is this nursing home neglect?
A fall could be the result of nursing home neglect. In order to know for sure, however, a full investigation would need to be done to determine why the fall occurred.
How a Fall Could Be Caused by Neglect
Falls are a common cause of significant injury and death among the elderly. While some falls are just unfortunate accidents, other falls could have been prevented if nursing homes provided reasonable care to residents. While the cause of each nursing home fall is unique, some common reasons for nursing home falls caused by neglect include:
- Failing to check on residents often enough to meet their needs. This may lead to some residents who need assistance trying to get out of bed or to move on their own.
- Failing to warn residents of wet floors.
- Failing to maintain an area free from slip or trip hazards.
- Failing to assess residents’ fall risks and develop individual plans to prevent residents who are at risk of falling.
- Failing to account for medication changes that could leave a resident dizzy or unstable.
- Failing to have proper bed rails or other protective equipment to prevent falls.
When you first hear of your loved one’s fall, it is impossible for you to know what caused it.
But, it’s Important to Find Out
An experienced Alabama nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer can investigate what happened and determine if your loved one was hurt due to nursing home abuse or negligence. If the evidence indicates that your loved one was hurt because of the nursing home’s negligence, then an attorney can represent your loved one and help her get the fair and just recovery that she deserves for the injury that she should never have had to suffer.
To learn more about protecting your loved one’s rights after a nursing home fall, please contact us directly to schedule a confidential consultation. Together, we will protect your loved one’s legal rights and help her live with the dignity that she deserves.
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