Fractures (Broken Bones) in Nursing Homes
Nursing home residents are at higher risk for many different types of injuries, including bone fractures. Isolation, physical limitations, mental disability, and other factors contribute to the vulnerability of nursing home residents.
Fractures (broken bones) in nursing homes can happen by accident but in some cases are a warning sign of abuse or neglect. Do you know how to tell the difference and what to do about a resident’s fracture? Read on to learn more. If you have questions, call 1-800-516-4783 to discuss the specifics of your situation.
What Causes Fractures (Broken Bones) in Nursing Homes?
Falls are the most common cause of fractures among nursing home residents. When a fall is caused by the negligence or abusive action of another person, compensation can help with the victim’s recovery and ongoing care.
In addition to falls, fractures in nursing homes may be caused by:
- Physical abuse
- Improper lifting or transferring a resident from their bed
- Failing to secure a resident’s feet in their wheelchair footholds properly
- Allowing clutter or heavy objects placed high up or insecurely in the resident’s room or public spaces
- Failing to provide mobility aids to assist the resident in and out of a wheelchair
- Inappropriate footwear
When caregivers, nursing home staff, or administrators fail to take precautions to safeguard against the hazards that can cause broken bones, they may be legally responsible for resultant injuries.
If you or a loved one have suffered a broken bone while in nursing home care, compensation can help pay your medical bills and make up for the pain and suffering experienced. Call 1-800-516-4783 today to learn more.
Who Is At Risk?
However, other factors can increase a nursing home resident’s risk of suffering a broken bone:
- Women are at greater risk of fractures (broken bones) in nursing homes
- Residents with an existing fracture are at increased risk of experiencing another fall and breaking more bones
- Those who have suffered a broken bone in the past are more likely to experience another fracture, even after it has healed
- Elderly nursing home residents who have osteoporosis or decreased muscle and fat are more likely to break a bone in a fall
- Residents with a history of vertigo, dizziness, fainting, dementia, Parkinson’s and other physical and mental health conditions are more likely to experience a fall
- Those who wear prosthetics, are missing toes or a foot, or have trouble moving from sitting to standing position (and vice versa) are at risk for falls
Proper supervision, use of lifts, and adequate medication for health conditions can all help reduce the risk of falls and the broken bones that result. It is critical that nursing home care providers deal with reported safety issues immediately as hazards such as wet floors, carpet or flooring defects, and ice on sidewalks can all contribute to nursing home resident injuries.
Is There Compensation Available to Fracture Victims?
When fractures in nursing homes are caused by abuse or negligence, we help bring those responsible to justice. Compensation can help with:
- Medical bills for emergency treatment, x-rays, and ongoing care
- Physical therapy
- Mobility and accessibility aids
- Improvements in care to prevent recurrences
- Pain management
- Trauma from pain and suffering
- Other costs associated with fractures (broken bones) in nursing homes
Each case is unique. A court of law will consider various factors in determining the types and amount of compensation available. The severity of the fracture, the circumstances that caused it, who was responsible, and more can all factor into the compensation amount.
Call 1-800-516-4783 today to learn more about the types of compensation available to nursing home residents who have suffered broken bones or other injuries due to negligence or abuse.
What To Do in Case of Fractures in a Nursing Home
The first and most pressing concern is to make sure the resident receives proper medical attention immediately. Request copies of all x-ray and other test results, and any other records produced by the nursing home and/or the medical facility.
Remember that not all fractures present immediately as a broken bone. If a nursing home resident has fallen or complains of pain, it is important to seek medical care, so their injuries can be investigated.
The most common fractures (broken bones) in nursing home residents are:
- femur (thigh)
- vertebrae (back)
- tibia (shin bone)
Gathering as much information as possible about the fracture is important. Were nursing home staff present when the incident that caused the fracture occurred? Did a staff member or another resident see the incident? If no one witnessed the accident, why was the resident alone?
How Fractures Are Treated
In severe cases, a broken bone may require surgery to reset. In some cases, metal pins or screws may be required to repair the damage.
Foot and arm casts can make mobility and personal hygiene more difficult for nursing home residents. However, casts are not suitable for all types of breaks. A resident may require traction, adaptive equipment, or long periods of immobility to allow the bone to heal in most cases, a nursing home resident with a fracture needs additional care throughout the healing period.
Accurate, complete documentation is critical in proving cases of nursing home abuse or neglect. Courts expect to see treatment recommendations from medical professionals and an itemized inventory of the additional expenses incurred as a result of the fracture. This is key in securing fair, adequate compensation from those responsible.
Call Now to Learn More
You do not have to do this alone. Call 1-800-516-4783 to learn more about your rights as a nursing home resident and how you can get compensation to help you through your recovery.