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What Should You Do After a Nursing Home Fall?


When you find out that your loved one has been rushed to the emergency room after a fall in a nursing home, you may have many things on your mind. You want to make sure they’re okay and that they’ll survive. You want to know that those who allowed this to happen are going to make sure it doesn’t happen again. You want to know why this happened and why a nurse couldn’t be there to help your loved one get from point A to point B safely.

If you later find out that your loved one had asked for assistance, but no one came, then you may be like many people who have rushed to their loved ones’ sides after a fall. Call buttons are there for those who need a nurse to help them get to the bathroom or to move around, but when nursing homes are understaffed, help may not come soon enough. Left with no other option, your loved one may have tried to move on their own, resulting in a fall.

Can you hold a nursing home liable for a fall?

If there was negligence or abuse involved, then you should pursue a claim. Not all falls are a result of negligence or abuse. For example, if an elderly person doesn’t call for help, there’s a chance they could fall without a nurse knowing. However, they should be found quickly on the nursing rounds, especially if they cry out for help after the fall.

If your loved one was hurt, make sure you talk to your attorney. There are many questions to answer, but a nursing home should be liable for any injuries caused to patients.