3 Ways Nursing Home Negligence Increases the Risk of Falls and Injuries

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Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
March 23, 2024

A serious fall due to nursing home negligence can dramatically change your life in an instant. You entrust your care or that of a family member to a facility expecting safety and support, but instead, you are faced with the dire consequences of their negligence. The path forward after such incidents can feel daunting and overwhelming, filled with uncertainty and the challenge of seeking accountability.

To alleviate the burden and navigate these complex waters, aligning with an empathetic and experienced attorney is crucial. By choosing a legal partner who has a strong past of supporting individuals in cases of nursing home negligence, you ensure your rights are vigorously defended, and you are positioned to secure the compensation you rightfully deserve. Davis & Davis stands ready to support you, leveraging nearly 70 years of collective knowledge in tackling nursing home negligence cases with compassion and determination.

3 Ways Nursing Home Negligence Increases the Risk of Falls and Injuries

Three common ways in which a nursing home can act negligently that may increase the risk of injuries and falls include the following occurrences: 

Inadequate Staffing and Supervision

The cornerstone of any safe nursing home environment is the presence of well-trained, sufficient staff to ensure residents receive the attention and care they need. Unfortunately, many facilities fall short in this aspect, leading to inadequate supervision and assistance for those under their care. When staffing levels are insufficient, residents may not receive timely help with mobility or daily activities, significantly increasing the risk of falls. 

This neglect can stem from cost-cutting measures or challenges in hiring qualified staff, but the result is often the same: an environment where the safety and well-being of residents are compromised, making falls and subsequent injuries far more likely.

Poor Facility Maintenance and Unsafe Conditions

A well-maintained facility is essential for preventing accidents and ensuring the safety of nursing home residents. However, negligence in this area, such as failing to address hazardous conditions like wet floors, poor lighting, and improperly maintained equipment, can create a perilous environment for the elderly. These conditions can lead to slips, trips, and falls, often resulting in serious injuries. 

Additionally, the lack of safety measures, such as handrails in hallways and bathrooms, can further exacerbate the risk. Facilities have a legal and moral obligation to maintain a safe environment for their residents, and failure to do so reflects a direct form of negligence that puts residents at unnecessary risk.

Lack of Personalized Care Plans and Mobility Support

Individualized care plans are critical in addressing the unique needs and risks associated with each nursing home resident. Neglecting to develop or follow these personalized care plans, especially regarding mobility support and fall prevention strategies, can lead to a higher incidence of falls and injuries. Such plans should account for a resident’s physical and cognitive abilities, incorporating the use of mobility aids, physical therapy, and other interventions tailored to minimize fall risk. 

Regular assessments are necessary to adjust care plans as a resident’s condition evolves. The absence of these adaptive, personalized care strategies not only undermines the resident’s quality of life but also significantly increases their vulnerability to falls, highlighting a profound form of negligence within the facility.

Have You Fallen Due to Nursing Home Negligence? We Can Help Today

If you or a family member have suffered a fall or injury due to nursing home negligence, Davis & Davis is here to offer the support you need. We recognize the profound impact such incidents have on your life, and we are dedicated to championing your rights. Our team is committed to navigating the legal intricacies on your behalf, allowing you to focus on your recovery and well-being.

Act now to secure the justice and compensation you’re entitled to. Reach out to us for a free case evaluation at (888) 522-9444 or fill out our contact form. Let us help you start your journey to recovery and justice today.

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

March 23 2024

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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