Slip and falls
Nursing homes are intended to protect elderly residents from injuries, although the frailty that comes with age makes a slip and fall an ongoing concern. But it is up to the nursing home to make sure the setup is conducive to safety. Slip and falls are not always the fault of the nursing home, although there are plenty of instances when they could have been avoided. If you or a loved one experienced a nursing home slip and fall in Columbia, SC, an attorney at LEIP Law is here to stand up for your rights.
Nursing Home Accidents & negligence
The design of a nursing home is supposed to have the safety of its residents in mind. That also applies to the upkeep of the nursing home. Over time, wear and tear causes things to break down and they could become hindrances if left unattended. Here is a look at some of the physical reasons that could cause a nursing home slip and fall.
- Poor lighting
- Slippery floor
- Tears in carpets
- Cluttered floors
- Uneven surface
- Lack of handrails
Those are all issues that can be alleviated with some simple repair and upkeep. However, there are also instances when staff members are at fault for a slip and fall. Nursing homes are required to provide residents with trained and reliable caretakers. An absence of reliability in that regard could lead to the following causes of a slip and fall:
- Absence of supervision
- Inappropriate activities
- Unsecured areas
The issue with slip and falls in nursing homes is that many residents already have brittle bones. Recovery times are extended and being bedridden during that recovery could complicate matters. A broken hip may not result in death, but the consequences of that break could lead to a fast deterioration in health. Unfortunately, that could result in death shortly after the slip and fall.
Experienced & Professional Attorneys
When a nursing home slip and fall could be avoided, you have the option of suing for negligence. The task of your attorney is to prove that the slip and fall would not have occurred had the facility been compliant with providing a safe environment. LEIP Law can build a case on your behalf based on evidence surrounding the slip and fall. We can then file a claim and go through the negotiation and litigation phase if necessary. We can provide you with an experienced Columbia, SC nursing home injury attorney.