Florida Nursing Home Accident Lawyers
Nursing homes provide a valuable service to American families. They offer a high standard of care and supervision for our elderly loved ones when we are unable to give them our undivided attention. While nursing homes are a reality for many elderly Americans, it’s vital to know the dangers of nursing home accidents and what to do if a loved one suffers such an injury. While a “nursing home injury” describes any injury suffered in a nursing home, the most common injuries involve falling. Almost 75% of nursing home residents experience a falling incident each year. Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, are also very common conditions in these facilities.
Dangers of Falls
Elderly individuals are more susceptible to injuries than younger people. As we age, our bones lose density and weaken, making them more vulnerable to fractures. Injuries from falls are most common among individuals over 55, and most elderly individuals who suffer falls will experience significant problems after such a fall, including a heightened susceptibility to future falls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 10% to 20% of all nursing home falling incidents cause serious injuries.
An elderly individual who falls in a nursing home could suffer bruising, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, or many other possibilities. The CDC estimates that between 16% and 27% of all nursing home falls occur due to environmental hazards, such as tripping hazards, bedding, and obstacles in walking paths.
Suing For a Nursing Home Injury
Nursing homes have a moral and legal obligation to ensure the patients in their care receive the highest possible standard of care. This means ensuring that all nursing home staff members receive appropriate training and the required certifications for administering care. Regular workplace safety trainings are important to prevent nursing home staff members from becoming complacent and failing to recognize injury risks in their workplaces.
If your elderly loved one has suffered injuries after a fall in his or her nursing home, it’s vital to connect with a reputable and experienced personal injury attorney to obtain compensation for your damages.
Like any other personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff in a nursing home injury lawsuit will need to prove the defendant was negligent, and that the negligence directly caused the victim’s injuries and damages. This process typically involves coordinating with expert witnesses in the medical field, gathering evidence at the accident site, and collecting statements from witnesses, staff members, and sometimes other residents of the nursing home.
Find Reliable Legal Counsel in Florida
Freedland Harwin Valori, PL has long provided representation to clients in Florida on behalf of nursing home claims. A nursing home injury can have disastrous consequences for victims and their families, and we are here to provide the full extent of our resources to fight for our clients’ rights. Call the attorneys at Freedland Harwin Valori, PL at (954) 467-6400 or reach out online for more information and schedule a consultation about your case.