The decision to place your loved one in a nursing home might be one of the most difficult you ever make.
Once you make the decision, you want to know that your family member is being taken care of and is safe. What happens when your phone rings early in the morning or late at night – just to hear that your mother has fallen out of bed and is on the way to the emergency room? Nursing home injuriescan be minor or severe, and at times can result in death.
Nursing home patients that require a number of treatments and care are at a higher risk of serious injury or fatality when not properly attended. Patient care is critical to the health and well-being of patients – medication errors, improper nutrition, dehydration, infection or falls, can be devastating.
With today’s economy being the way it is, many nursing homes are known to cut costs and corners that can cause serious accidents, injuries and wrongful death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to 2,000 patients die every year from injuries related to falls, such as traumatic brain injury and broken bones. Those who survive are often left with permanent disabilities that further reduce their quality of life.
In addition, falls occur at least twice as often in nursing homes than among seniors living in their own homes or with family. While nursing-home residents generally are frailer than those living at home, conditions at the facilities also contribute to the problem. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Not enough personnel to look after the patients
- Personnel are not always trained properly
- Medication that affects coordination and causes confusion
If your loved one has been injured due to the negligent actions of a nursing home employee, contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims and their families, and raising awareness to prevent future patient injuries.
Visit us online and submit our contact form, you can also reach us by phone to 909-335-0444.