Can I Sue for a Nursing Home Fall in Texas?

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Thousands of nursing home residents are injured in accidental falls each year. In fact, according to information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between one-half and three-quarters of nursing home residents in Texas fall each year. Fortunately, some of these injuries may be compensable by filing a personal injury claim against the person or facility responsible for your or your loved one’s fall. For more information, please read on, then contact an experienced Houston, Texas hospital and nursing home falls lawyer today.

Do I qualify for compensation after a fall in a Texas nursing home?

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have an obligation to meet the medical needs of their residents, many of whom may be prone to issues such as poor balance or cognitive difficulties. In addition, both state and federal laws require that nursing homes maintain certain standards regarding patient safety and care. In the context of nursing homes, the standards for determining negligence are more complicated than the average personal injury claim, and it may be more difficult to show that nursing homes did not comply with the law. However, the principle remains the same. As a result, when falls are the result of non-compliance with the applicable state or federal regulations, it may be sufficient to establish legal liability for any losses incurred.

How does a fall occur in a Texas nursing home?

Any number of conditions, including nursing home neglect, might cause a resident to fall. Some of the most common causes are as follows:

  • Lack of supervision
  • Lack of handrails
  • Exposed electrical cords
  • Providing an activity that is inappropriate to the health and ability of a participant
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Unsecured facilities
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Medication errors

What injuries might you sustain from a nursing home fall?

When older adults fall, the resulting complications can be much more serious than if the same fall happened to a younger person. As a result, any time an older adult falls, the facility should conduct a thorough medical evaluation to determine whether the resident incurred any serious injuries. When the facility does not provide medical help, it may establish a departure from the accepted standard of care and can be the basis for legal liability for any damages that a victim sustains. Such injuries include:

  • Fractured hips
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal injury
  • Other fractures:
    • Wrists
    • Elbows
    • Arms
    • Legs
    • Ankles
    • Feet
    • Collarbones
    • Ribs
    • Pelvis

If you or your loved one has any further questions or would like to pursue compensation, please reach out to a skilled Houston, Texas hospital error lawyer as soon as possible.

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