The elderly and disabled are at increased risk of hip injuries from falls. Knowing this, nursing homes and assisted living facilities should take measures to prevent the risk of falls and hip injuries and broken hips.
When the staff’s negligence causes harm, residents and their families should contact a hip injury lawyer.
Hip fractures and other hip injuries are one of the leading causes of hospitalization for people over the age of 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As many as 300,000 people over 65 are hospitalized for hip fractures annually. More than 95% of those broken hips are caused by falls.
The majority of hip injuries in nursing homes happen to women. Women experience approximately three-quarters of all hip fractures. One reason for this is that women are more likely to have osteoporosis, which is a disease that weakens bones, making them more likely to break.
While anyone can get a serious hip injury, there are some factors that put people at a higher risk. Those risk factors include but are not limited to:
Patients in nursing homes are at a high risk for hip injuries. Some of the most common types of hip injuries they sustain include the following:
Hip fractures, or broken hips, often happen due to a fall, abuse, or severe impact. For older people, a hip injury from a fall can occur from standing height.
People with weak bones (often due to osteoporosis) may suffer a hip fracture from insignificant forces on their hips.
Bruised hips may occur from trauma or nursing home abuse. For some people who have a bleeding disorder or delicate blood vessels, a bruise can occur by pressing against or hitting an object.
Nursing home staff who use negligent methods of moving residents to and from a bed may also cause hip bruising due to unnecessary force.
Nursing home residents may be immobile or confined to a bed. When a patient is in a bed for an extended period of time, they should be repositioned frequently by staff members.
Failure to do so can cause bedsores on the hips. This type of neglect by nursing home employees can have severe consequences for residents.
Hip injuries often occur due to the negligence of nursing home staff members, actions by other residents, or accidents that cannot be prevented.
Hip injuries may happen in the following manners:
Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and disabled care facilities are typically responsible for injuries that happen when residents are in their care.
They are required to act reasonably to promote the health and safety of residents. If they breach that duty, they can be found negligent and held liable for damages.
Even when a nursing home staff member is personally at-fault for injuries, the nursing home is ultimately liable. Since the nursing home is the employer, they are legally responsible for the actions of their employees.
If a nursing home is part of a larger corporation, like a parent entity, or there is a management company that handles hiring, training, and other matters, those companies can also be found fully or partially responsible.
Your hip injury lawyer will evaluate your specific situation and make sure all necessary parties are included.
Nursing homes are required to take measures to ensure the safety of their residents. They should take the following actions to prevent hip injuries:
Hip injuries reduce the mobility of nursing home residents, and can significantly impact their lives in the following ways:
After a hip injury in a nursing home facility, you and your family may be eligible for a hip fracture settlement or verdict if you have to go to trial. Some damages you can recover include:
If your loved one dies due to the negligent actions of their caregiver in a nursing home, you can recover compensation for the following:
Additionally, the representative of your loved one’s estate can file a survival action against the negligent party to recover expenses your loved one incurred before death, such as medical bills.
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