Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities play a vital role in our society: they provide care for our loved ones when they can no longer care for themselves. When placing the care of loved ones in the hands of such facilities, it is expected that they will be treated with the highest quality of care and attentiveness.
When these standards of care and attentiveness are breached, patients are vulnerable to neglect, abuse, serious orthopedic injuries and even death.
Falls & Fractures
Patients in nursing home and assisted living facilities require constant care. If left unattended for an extended period of time or not properly supervised, patients can become severely injured. Patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities frequently experience falls. It is estimated that 800,000 patients are hospitalized every year in the United States as a result of a fall, specifically because of head injury or fractures. Of those patients, at least 300,000 are hospitalized as a result of hip fractures. Falls are also the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries throughout the United States.
Approximately 91% of nursing homes throughout the country violate health and safety codes. These violations often lead to inadequate care for a loved one, serious orthopedic injuries and even injuries related to medication errors.
Medication errors cause at least one death every day and injure approximately 1.3 million people each year in the United States. Nursing home and assisting living staff are responsible for safely distributing medication to their patients. When these facilities and staff breach that duty by confusing patient medication or distributing improper dosages, patients can suffer severe internal injuries and even death.
Zayed Law Offices Can Help
If you have any questions regarding a nursing home negligence case, please contact our Nursing Home Injury attorneys at 815.726.1616 or complete a free case evaluation on our website. You do not pay any attorney’s fees unless we successfully resolve your case.