If your loved one died after falling at a nursing home, you may be able to claim wrongful death and sue the facility for neglect. If the nursing home is found guilty, they will be responsible for compensating the deceased person’s estate. Since falls are preventable, a nursing home is obligated to take the right precautions to protect its residents from falls. If a nursing home neglects to prevent its residents from falling, that facility may be responsible for any resulting injuries.
By law, nursing homes are required to assess the needs of each of their residents and provide care accordingly. This involves creating an individual health care plan based on a resident’s individual needs and state of health. A nursing home should then take steps to implement this plan, providing special equipment and safeguards as necessary.
If a nursing home fails to create and implement a plan that takes into consideration a resident’s specific needs, or if they fail to update that plan based on changing circumstances, then they can be held responsible for resulting injuries.
Similarly, nursing homes can be held accountable for not taking adequate care of residents, neglecting to follow protocol, hiring staff who lack the necessary knowledge or experience, or understaffing their facility. A nursing home that neglects risks like slippery floors, low lighting, or other environmental hazards can also be held responsible for a fall.
Nursing homes have a legal duty to use reasonable care to prevent their residents from falling. Facilities should prevent falls by hiring enough staff with the right training, minimizing hazardous conditions, and being attentive to the needs of each resident.
If a nursing home fails to take these precautions, and a resident falls, then that facility may be liable for the consequences, which can include injuries and death. This means that the nursing home may be responsible for medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and related pain and suffering.
If your loved one died after falling at a nursing home or assisted living facility, and you are wondering if you have a claim, please feel free to call and speak to one of our experienced Georgia nursing home neglect lawyers today. Our consultations are always free. If you would like more information about this topic, be sure to click on our other videos, or better yet, click the subscribe button to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Thank you.