Nursing home liability is a hotly contested area in injury law. There are many reasons why people end up in nursing homes, but one thing they all have in common is the risk of injury. Whether it’s a slip and fall accident, abuse, bed sores, lack of assistance or even an assault by another resident, these incidents can be very traumatic for victims and their families. Nursing home injury victims often have questions about their legal options following a slip and fall accident.
Slip and falls happen more often than you would think, especially in nursing homes where residents are walking with the assistance of a walker or cane. Medications including anti-anxiety drugs and sedatives can increase the risk of falls particularly those that affect the central nervous system. Additionally getting in and out of a wheelchair, bed or shower can be challenging for those at risk of falling. When it comes to liability it is important to know and understand the risks of slip and fall accidents in these facilities. Call Adam Miller, The Texas Bulldog, now if you have any questions about a slip and full or nursing home injury or accident. Your case review is completely free and you will have no obligation to sign anything. You will never be asked pay a cent unless The Miller Law Firm wins your case.
Nursing Home Liability
Nursing homes have a duty to ensure that their resident’s environment is safe and secure. If they fail to do so, then they can be held liable for any injury caused by such unsafe conditions. Unfortunately, falls from beds or chairs can happen at any moment if there isn’t proper supervision or care being provided when residents need help with mobility issues. Nursing home falls frequently cause broken bones. The CDC estimates that 95% of hip fractures are a result of falling. Injuries resulting from these accidents may leave patients permanently disabled as well as incur expensive medical bills not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
The law requires that every nursing home maintain an adequate number of staff on hand at all times to care for residents with disabilities such as mobility impairments, dementia, poor hearing or vision, and other limitations. If the facility does not provide enough employees for this purpose then any injuries sustained from an incident like a slip and fall then the facility could be liable for the accident. However, it is also possible that an accident may not be covered by the facility’s insurance policy if there was no negligence on their part. Therefore it is important to talk to an experienced Texas Personal Injury Attorney about your nursing home accident to see what steps you can take to get fair compensation for your injuries.
What does this mean for my injury?
You may be entitled to compensation if you or your loved one was injured on the property of a nursing home facility due to unsafe conditions on site. For example, if a nurse forgot to put out a sign warning visitors about an icy walkway and you slipped on the ice, they could potentially be held liable because they were negligent or careless with their duty of care. Environmental hazards, such as equipment in the hallways is a common negligent cause of injury in nursing homes. The statute of limitations in the State of Texas is two years so do not delay treatment, contacting an attorney or filing a suit.
Contact a Texas Personal Injury Attorney
Slip and falls are one of the most common types of accidents that happen in nursing homes. They can cause significant injuries, but they also increase liability for facilities. If you or a love one has been injured at a nursing home, contact our law firm to speak with an experienced attorney about what legal options may be available to you based on your circumstances. Our team is here to help guide you through this difficult time so call today 713-572-3333!