Nursing home head injuries can happen for a number of reasons. They can occur due to physical injuries caused by abuse or by bedrail injuries or slip and fall accidents. Unfortunately, when an elderly patient hits their head while falling, it can lead to serious and permanent injuries. In some cases, head injuries can be life-threatening, especially if the patient is not taken for a full evaluation immediately.
If it family member in a nursing home has suffered a head injury due to a fall, you deserve answers. If negligence led to the injury, you may have a right to seek compensation to help pay for your family member’s care, support and a move to a new facility.
Why Do Fall-Related Head Injuries Happen in Hollywood Nursing Homes?
Head injuries in nursing home falls can occur for a number of reasons, including:
- Poor lighting in hallways, private rooms, and common areas
- Lack of adequate supervision, especially in the bathroom
- Lack of grab bars and other adequate precautions in bathrooms
- Poor flooring and maintenance, leading to trip and fall injuries
- Lack of support for patients who need help getting around
- Under medication or incorrect medication, which can lead to symptoms such as dizziness and falls
- Negligence and neglect, which can lead to an elderly patient wearing the wrong type of shoes and falling as a result or can lead to patients wandering off and falling
- Malnutrition, which can cause dizziness and falls
- Lack of grab bars, no slip treads and other supports in hallways and other areas of the nursing home
- Lack of walkers, canes, and other medical devices an elderly patient may need to get around safely
- Lack of support for patients who have mobility problems or problems which can make them prone to falls
- Lack of attention to a patient’s physical condition, which can lead to undetected medical problems or loss of condition, which can lead to falls
What to Do After a Nursing Home Fall and Head Injury
In most nursing homes, falls can be largely preventable with proper precautions. Adequate staffing, good support, regular medical checkups, and careful attention to medical conditions can help reduce the risk of falls for patients. Proper staff training and adequate staff are also important. When a resident falls, it is vital they are checked for head injuries by a qualified medical professional and are given any medical treatment they need.
If your loved one has suffered a head injury after a fall and you have questions, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) to speak to a Hollywood nursing home accident attorney. In a free consultation, a member of our legal team would be pleased to help you understand whether you have a claim.