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Fall Accident Claims in West Virginia Nursing Homes

Nursing home falls in WV

Victim of a Nursing Home Fall?

Injuries to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities from fall accidents are a common indication of nursing home neglect. An elderly resident or patient who is recovering from an injury or illness can easily suffer serious injury in a fall. Those who are especially fragile may be permanently disabled or even fatally injured. Since a nursing home is supposed to carefully assess the fall risk of each resident, the question becomes how could this happen? The answer unfortunately is that too many of these facilities do not take the necessary steps to fulfill their obligations to safeguard their residents from harm.

Your Legal Rights: Explanation from a West Virginia Injury Lawyer

Fall accidents may cause broken bones, head or brain trauma, or internal injuries. A skilled nursing home abuse attorney at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC investigates causes of falls which may include:

  • Over medication
  • Failure to provide assistance transferring in or out of bed
  • Failure to engage wheelchair locks
  • Uneven or poorly maintained flooring, stairways and carpeting
  • Incorrect walking aids
  • Lack of assistance or failure to provide grips or specialized bathing facility
  • Medications known to affect balance or the central nervous system
  • Improperly fitting shoes or slippers
  • Improper lighting
  • Wet or slippery floors
  • Obstacles or equipment obstructing walkways
  • Lack of timely response to a resident’s call for help
  • Improperly maintained walking aids and wheelchairs
  • Inadequately trained staff
  • Improperly securing bed rails

Falls and other accidents, especially unexplained accidents, should be thoroughly investigated by your nursing home abuse lawyer. These complex cases require an aggressive attitude to expose the truth and a determination to hold the negligent parties wholly accountable. Our firm has the commitment and legal resources it takes to obtain a successful outcome either through negotiation or aggressive litigation, so contact us as soon as possible.

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