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Falls

Frost & Beck, P.C. is a Colorado law firm devoted solely to victims of nursing home abuse and neglect and their families.

Denver Nursing Home Fall Attorney

Committed to Helping Elderly Accident Victims Across Colorado

According to data collected by the Centers of Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), more than one out of four people aged 65 and over falls each year. Falling once doubles someone’s chances of falling again, increasing their chance of injury even further.

We understand the serious nature of falls at Frost & Beck, P.C. when it comes to seniors, especially if negligence or abuse is involved in a fall accident. If you have a loved one in the care of a nursing home and they have been injured in a fall that could have been prevented, get in touch with our Denver nursing home fall lawyers today.

Has your loved one suffered a fall due to neglect? Call (720) 408-4402 or contact us online to speak with an experienced nursing home fall attorney in Denver today.

The Serious Nature of Patient Falls in Nursing Homes

Falls are very serious accidents, especially when it comes to individuals over the age of 65. The CDC reports that over 3 million elderly people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries annually. These falls often result in hip fractures of head injuries—in fact, falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Falls may also result in the following injuries:

  • Broken bones
  • Facial lacerations
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Separated shoulders
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Torn ligaments or tendons
  • Death

An unwitnessed fall in a nursing home can be even more dangerous because it means that the patient must lay where they have fallen, in serious pain and fear, until someone finds them. At times, falls like this can even be fatal.

How Does a Fall Result from Negligence or Abuse?

Many factors can cause a person to fall, including:

  • Vision problems
  • Lower body weakness
  • Hazards such as uneven steps or spilled liquids
  • Nursing home negligence or abuse

A resident in a nursing home may fall because they were neglected by a caregiver who should have been watching or supporting them or even due to physical assault.

Ways in which an elder care provider may have failed at their duty to keep their patients safe include:

  • The patient was given medication that caused dizziness, drowsiness, or decreased reaction time
  • The facility failed to install safe, cushioned surfaces
  • Grab bars and support rails were missing or hard to reach
  • The height of beds, chairs, toilets, or other furniture was too high
  • Walkers and other mobility aids were unavailable
  • Use of improper care techniques
  • Failure to follow protocol
  • Hiring unqualified employees or offering insufficient training
  • Understaffing
  • Medical malpractice

What Happens When A Patient Falls In A Nursing Home?

While protocol may vary from one nursing home to the next, in general, most nursing homes are required to report falls or other similar incidents to the patient's family. They are also required to provide a proper evaluation and treatment for the patient following their fall.

Who Is Liable for a Nursing Home Fall?

Nursing homes have a legal obligation to protect and care for their patients. Therefore, a fall that could have been avoided is generally the fault of the nursing home where it occurred—however, it is important to note that not every fall is preventable.

When establishing liability, you must prove three things:

  • The nursing home had a legal obligation to keep the resident safe
  • The nursing home failed to meet the resident’s needs either through negligence or intentional acts of violence
  • The resident can prove they suffered from serious, long-term, or permanent harm as a result of a lack of care on the nursing home’s part

A contract will usually reveal details about how the nursing home facility and employees were obligated to treat and care for your loved one. Other evidence to collect which may help with you case includes photographs of your loved one’s injuries and the scene of their accident.

Contact Our Firm Today if You Have a Case

Our nursing home fall lawyers in Denver can help you collect evidence to suppose your case as well as represent you and your loved one during settlement negotiation or court, if necessary.

Ready to file a nursing home fall lawsuit? Let our team at Frost & Beck help you build your case. Call today at (720) 408-4402 or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation.