Protecting The Rights Of Elderly Fall Victims

Due to their already fragile health, nursing home residents are at an increased risk of falls compared to the general population. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year 50 to 75 percent of nursing home residents suffer a fall. While Wisconsin nursing homes are required by law to assess a patient's risk and take preventative measures, injuries from falls still frequently occur. Our lawyers at Martin Law Office, S.C., represent victims who have fallen, and we can assist you in holding any negligent parties responsible.

Falls Can Result In Serious Injuries

Elderly patients who fall can suffer from significant injuries. Brittle bones are particularly at risk for breakage and fractures, and these include:

  • Hips
  • Femurs
  • Ankles
  • Arms
  • Shoulders

Back injury and head trauma may also occur. Injuries such as these can severely affect a patient's way of life, resulting in permanent disability or early death.

Negligence Found In Nursing Homes

Nursing homes are required to take steps to help prevent falls from occurring. However, it is not uncommon for negligence in a nursing home to be found responsible for a resident's injuries. Such factors include:

  • Hallways and stairways with dim lighting and without handrails
  • Floors that are wet
  • Staff members failing to properly supervise the patient
  • A wheelchair is broken or maintained improperly
  • A bed is the incorrect height and difficult to get out of

In addition, bathrooms, that are no properly equipped, provide plenty of opportunity for someone to slip and fall. Any failure by a nursing home to provide a safe environment for its patients leaves the facility open to legal action. We can conduct a thorough examination of the nursing home environment to determine whether negligence led to your loved one's accident.

Assisting You With Your Negligence Claim

Our Oak Creek and Milwaukee attorneys at Martin Law Office, S.C., handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis, so you will never pay any upfront fees. Schedule a free initial consultation by completing our online form or by calling us at 414-856-4010.