Elderly or disabled patients may require assistance moving — whether it be from their bed to the bathroom, walking around the nursing home facility, or even shifting positions in bed.
However, when negligent caregivers fail to properly assist patients, the patients can suffer broken and fractured bones from falls or even sudden movements.
Attorney Mac Hester, leading Nursing Home Justice, can help your family hold the liable party accountable. Your Denver nursing home injury lawyer will tirelessly advocate for your right to maximum compensation for your suffering. Contact Nursing Home Justice at (303) 775-8128 to get started on your case.
Broken and fractured bones are among many nursing home injuries and a significant cause for concern across the United States.
Bone fractures are prevalent with elderly residents, as they may suffer from decreased muscle mass and osteoporosis.
Studies have shown that as much as one out of every four Americans older than 65 will suffer a fall annually.
The odds of a bone break or fracture are exceptionally high. Almost 90% of the bone breaks and fractures of those 65 years of age or older were caused by fall accidents.
Common areas for broken bones in nursing home residents include:
Some of these bone breaks and fractures may be more common than others. However, in nursing homes, it is particularly important to determine the cause of the break or fracture because it could indicate abuse.
There are virtually endless ways these broken bone accidents can occur, including:
In nursing home facilities, some parties are at a greater risk of suffering broken bones than others.
Generally, you might assume that someone age 65 or older might be at a greater risk for breaking bones.
However, age does not necessarily determine risk. Some of the risk factors for fractured and broken bones in nursing home facilities include:
Untreated broken bones can cause further injury or illness. If the injury lacks adequate stability, the bone will not heal — and pain, tenderness, and swelling will continue. If the injury is delayed in being stabilized, the fracture will take longer to heal.
The opportunity to make a full recovery will vary depending on how the bone has been set and whether additional complications are present.
While bones may attempt to heal, if they are separated, partially connected, or completely split, they may not heal properly.
Complications that could impact a bone’s ability to heal correctly include:
Establishing liability is crucial if you or someone you love has suffered a broken bone in a nursing home facility.
Although nursing homes and their staff may claim that high-risk residents are more susceptible to broken bones, a quality nursing home staff should be aware of these risks and take the proper care to avoid unnecessarily harming patients.
Understaffed nursing homes cannot properly care for numerous patients. At-risk residents with poor mobility could go hours or days unattended — increasing the chance for falls.
When a the fall occurs, the injured resident could be unattended for a long period of time before staff members discover the injury, resulting in deterioration of health and a more severe debilitating condition.
Older residents require gentle care when being transported around the facility. Staff must be trained to properly lift residents and perform other tasks that assist with their mobility.
When staff members lack this experience, they could drop patients or fail to secure them properly in their wheelchairs or beds.
Nursing home residents who suffer broken and fractured bones have the right to be compensated for every single way their lives have been affected by their injuries.
You have the right to recover economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are financial and could include:
Broken and fractured bones have also been known to result in death if left untreated.
If you lost a loved one due to a nursing home injury, your family might be entitled to financial compensation for:
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