One form of Chicago nursing home accidents that are both common and often have devastating impacts is that of nursing home falls or when nursing home residents are dropped. Of course, residents or patients can also fall or be dropped in assisted living facilities, hospitals, hospices, etc. as well. Many of these drops and falls happen when a nursing home patient is being moved or transferred, or otherwise is moving within a room.
Incidents in which Chicago area nursing home residents who fall or are dropped are numerous, and these falls and drops can happen for any number of reasons. Some of these reasons include:
- Slippery floors
- Poorly trained staff
- Poor nursing home procedures
- Poor or inadequate lighting
- Inappropriate shoes
- Objects or obstacles on the floor
- Wheelchairs not properly set
- Wheelchairs not properly maintained
- Lack of a walking aid, such as a cane or walker
- Improper equipment
- Inadequate nursing home staff monitoring
- Faulty or inappropriate bed rails
Injuries that can arise from incidents of nursing home falls or dropped residents can include:
- Broken hips
- Broken arms
- Broken legs
- Wrist fractures
- Herniated discs (slipped disks)
- Traumatic brain injuries
Of course, not all falls are avoidable or otherwise easily preventable. Each incident has to be assessed on an individual basis. However, in cases where a fall or dropped resident happens due to negligence, legal action may be warranted. A lawsuit may be able to attain compensation for injuries sustained in various forms, including reimbursement of past and future medical bills; monetary compensation for past and future pain and suffering; monetary compensation for past and future emotional distress. In cases in which falls and drops result in death, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed.
Elman Law Group, LLC is a Chicago personal injury law firm that handles Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect cases, as well as such abuse and neglect that happens in similar facilities, such as assisted living facilities, hospitals, hospices, etc . Elman Law Group is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities. This is important for your lawsuit because if an appropriate settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.
In fact, because of this capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group handle cases.
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