Globally, senior citizens are the most likely age group to be involved in a slip and fall accident. They are also the demographic most likely to sustain injuries requiring hospitalization as a result of a slip and fall. The injuries sustained in these types of accidents can have devastating, long-lasting, and even fatal consequences.
When injurious slips and falls occur in local nursing homes under the care and supervision of staff who should be committed to their residents’ safety, injured accident victims and their families may feel a deep betrayal of trust. The nurses, orderlies, administrators, security guards, custodians and other staff members employed in nursing homes owe a duty of care to their residents. They are responsible for providing a comfortable, dignified, and– above all– safe living space for the elderly loved ones of local community members. Failure to fulfill this duty of care could be considered negligence.
Common examples of negligent behaviour that often leads to accidental physical injuries in nursing homes include:
- Lack of supervision
- Failure to provide mobility assistance
- Prescription medication causing drowsiness
- Hazardous maintenance issues
- Unlocked doors to restricted areas
- And more
When families make the difficult decision to relocate their elderly relative to a nursing home, they do so with the belief that the people responsible for their loved one’s safety will provide an exemplary level of service to ensure that they do not suffer physical harm under their supervision. Unfortunately, when negligent nursing home staff members engage in wrongful conduct, vulnerable, physically frail seniors could be involved in serious accidents with serious outcomes.
Owing to their age and declining physical conditions, injured seniors may never fully recover from the serious injuries they sustain in slip and fall accidents. As a result of their nursing home’s staff’s negligence, elderly accident victims could even sustain injuries that accelerate their premature deaths.
In addition to the physical pain and discomfort resulting from injuries sustained in nursing home accidents, injured seniors and their families may incur substantial losses. Often, injured nursing home residents require extensive treatments, invasive surgeries, lifestyle adjustments, medical equipment, and other necessary, expensive costs. Since most residents of nursing homes have extremely limited incomes, affording essential costs related to their recovery may be a challenge.
If you or an elderly relative were injured in an accident at a long-term care facility caused by its staff’s wrongful conduct, our nursing home negligence lawyers serving New Glasgow may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve. By working with our New Glasgow nursing home negligence lawyers, you may be able to pursue a civil claim for damages you have incurred as a result of the injuries sustained in a long-term care facility.
Call Prezler Injury Lawyers today and receive a free initial consultation with our nursing home negligence lawyers serving New Glasgow.
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At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we offer a free initial consultation to all prospective clients. It can be difficult to know which steps to take after being injured in your long-term care facility. It can also be difficult to determine whether you might be entitled to compensation.
To discuss the circumstances of your accident and learn about legal options for financial recovery that may be available to you, schedule your free initial consultation with our New Glasgow nursing home negligence lawyers by calling Preszler Injury Lawyers today.