Contact Maus Law After a Loved One Falls in a South Florida Nursing Home
South Florida has among the highest concentration of nursing homes and senior citizen care facilities of any state in the nation. The number one cause of avoidable injuries and deaths from accidents in nursing homes is slip, trip and fall accidents. Florida nursing home staffs have a special responsibility to make sure that the situations that cause slip, trip and fall accidents are eliminated or minimized at all costs. In fact, Florida’s Nursing Home Patient Bill of Rights requires nursing homes to provide adequate and appropriate health care and protective services to ensure a frail patient doesn’t slip and fall or trip and fall when trying to move about their room. If your loved one suffered injuries from a fall in a Florida nursing home, our slip and fall attorneys are here to help.
Getting in and out of the bathtub and shower is obviously a hazardous moment for any senior citizen. Many seniors also require assistance getting in the shower or tub as well as attendance while washing or bathing. This is where a senior can slip and break a hip, a shoulder, their back or strike their head on the toilet, sink or tub. There is no excuse for leaving a senior citizen unattended when bathing. If you have a loved one who has been seriously injured in such a slip and fall accident, please call the Ft. Lauderdale nursing home accident attorneys at the Maus Law Firm immediately.
Unmarked Changes in Floor Surfaces
Many seniors use a walker to get from place to place inside the home. It is common for the type of flooring material to be carpet in one area and change to tiled flooring the next and the traction of the walker can go from firm to slippery in seconds, causing the walker to lurch forward and the senior citizen to strike their face on the hard tile floor. The resulting injury can be a broken jaw, broken teeth or in some cases a whiplash and concussion.
Can I File a Claim if My Loved One Falls on Buckled Carpeting?
Even when a senior citizen can walk on their own without an aid, seniors walk slowly and take small steps, sometimes shuffling along and not lifting their feet very high. If a carpet is worn out or even slightly buckled the senior will trip and fall forward, resulting in the same type of injuries they would incur with any type of fall. A nursing home’s failure to straighten our carpet or rugs is evidence of negligence, and is in violation of the Patient Bill of Rights. The nursing home can be found negligent and responsible for causing a hazard that they knew or should have known existed.
Our Trip and Fall Attorneys are Here to Help
Negligent conditions at nursing homes can be prevented. All it takes is a little vigilance on the part of the staff, and training on the part of the nursing home. Simple things like periodic inspections of the facilities can minimize or eliminate slip and fall accidents. If you have a loved one who has been injured in a trip, slip and fall accident in a South Florida nursing home, please give the Fort Lauderdale nursing home accident attorneys at the Maus Law Firm a call for a free consultation to see if the nursing home may have been negligent.