A slip and fall accident is cause for alarm no matter who has fallen. When the victim is elderly, the consequences can be downright deadly. Because bone density diminishes with age, a fall need not occur from a great height in order to result in a fractured arm, hip, or skull. Moreover, senior citizens lack the physical stamina to recover from injury. Nursing home workers are trained to spot risk and assist residents with tasks that could lead to a slip and fall accident, yet many fail to take their responsibility seriously.
Common Hazards for the Elderly
Wet floors are among the most common causes of a slip and fall accident at nursing homes and elder care facilities. Getting into and out of the shower or bathtub is no small feat for senior citizens, and nursing home staff should be on hand to assist residents as-needed. When a liquid or another slippery substance has spilled, it must be immediately tended to or clearly marked as a hazard. The elderly – particularly those who require the use of a walker – are unsteady on their feet in even the best of conditions. A slick floor surface only increases their odds of suffering a slip and fall accident.
Other dangers inherent to nursing homes should not be ignored. Residents will often sleep in height-adjustable, hospital-style beds. After staff raises a bed to tend to a resident they must then return the bed to a level which can be safely exited. A senior citizen who is unaware that their bed has been raised can topple to the ground, suffering serious injuries as a result. Additionally, staff must keep a watchful eye on residents who have recently begun taking a new medication, particularly if the medication is known to cause dizziness or drowsiness.
Chester County Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Represent Nursing Home Residents
The elderly are among the most vulnerable members of our society. When nursing home staff fails to adequately protect a resident from suffering a slip and fall accident, their negligence can give rise to a premises liability action. If you or a loved one has been injured at a nursing home contact the Chester County nursing home lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. We will investigate your claim and, when warranted, seek justice for you in court. Complete our online form or call 215-569-8488 today.