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Nursing Home Fall Accident Lawsuits in Georgia


April 09, 2018

Nursing homes are intended to help care for patients who no longer have the ability to care for themselves without assistance.  While nursing homes have helped many patients with life’s daily needs, there are still far too many patients that suffer injuries in them, many of which are preventable.  A common injury associated with many nursing home patients is falling.  As we grow older, it becomes more difficult to walk without assistance, and a vast majority of nursing home patients are elderly individuals.

Georgia nursing homes are required to have safety measures in place to accommodate patients who may have difficulty walking.  As such, when proper steps are not taken to protect nursing home patients from falling, needless injuries are sustained which result in pain, suffering, and sometimes death.  Examples of injuries associated with falls in nursing homes include, among others, the following:

  • Fractured, shattered or broken bones (especially hips);
  • Head injuries, such as concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
  • Cuts, gashes and bruises; and
  • Death.

Additionally, because nursing home patients already have preexisting medical conditions, any injury resulting from a fall can lead to subsequent medical conditions.  For example, if a patient falls, breaks a hip and has an open wound, he or she may need to take antibiotics, which in turn may lead to a compromised immune system.  Having a compromised immune system can lead to pneumonia and other infections or conditions that deteriorate a nursing home patient’s health.  One fall can spiral out of control, so it is crucial that all nursing homes, staff members, and visitors take measures to prevent falls.

How Can Nursing Home Falls be Prevented in Georgia?

It is not always possible to prevent every fall that may happen in a nursing home.  However, a large number of nursing home falls are certainly preventable if basic safety measures are created and followed.  Nursing homes must adhere to state and federal guidelines for ensuring the premises are safe for patients, staff members and visitors.  Also, because every patient requires a specialized care plan, it is crucial that every patient’s room is properly equipped to ensure the risk of falling is reduced as much as possible. 

Steps for preventing falls in Georgia nursing homes include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Have proper rails, wheelchairs, walkers and other equipment to assist individuals as they travel throughout the nursing home;
  • Ensure that every nursing home patient needs are accounted for (i.e., if a patient is prone to falling, that patient will need special assistance when trying to get from one place to the next);
  • Notify nursing home staff members when something seems unsafe, such as a broken railing, slippery floor, broken walker, etc.);
  • Be aware of each nursing home patient’s medical conditions, as such conditions could contribute to falls (such as diabetes and other conditions that could result in a patient becoming dizzy or disoriented); and
  • Ensure nursing home patients have an exercise plan that fits their needs, as daily movement can help these patients be more stable on their feet.

Overall, not every fall can be stopped, but if these tips can prevent just one fall, then progress has been made.  Nursing home patients require constant care and attention, so it takes the collective efforts of nursing home management, staff members, and visitors to protect every person who walks through a nursing home’s doors.  If nursing home falls cause serious injuries or death, and the falls were preventable, legal action may be possible to hold the responsible party accountable for not taking basic preventative measures.

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Source: https://dch.georgia.gov/sites/dch.georgia.gov/files/Nursing%20Homes%20111-8-56%20Final%202-16-17.pdf

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Category: Personal Injury

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