Our Michigan Nursing Home malpractice lawyers recently settled a case against an Isabella County nursing home for failing to properly create, implement, and follow a proper fall prevention plan for an elderly patient known to be at increased risk for falling. The 88 year old Alzheimer’s patient was on several medications and had a heart condition that made him a fall risk. However, after he sustained a minor fall in the nursing home, his Care Plan and Fall Prevention plans were not modified to prevent another fall from occurring. Nine days after his first fall, the patient sustained a second, more serious fall while walking unassisted in the hallway. As result the second fall, the patient sustained a significant hip fracture that required extensive surgery and physical therapy. The patient has never fully recovered from the fall and surgery and currently requires the use of a walker and/or wheel chair for all daily activities.
Falls in nursing homes is common because people in nursing homes are generally older, have more chronic conditions, and have difficulty walking compared to other older adults living in the community. Additionally, nursing home residents also tend to have problems with thinking or memory, or have difficulty with the tasks of daily life causing the percentage of nursing home falls to be large.
Hip fractures are unfortunately a quite common result of a fall in a nursing home. The outcome for nursing home residents who sustain a hip fracture are disappointing:
- 17% to 33% mortality rate for the year following the fall
- 25% to 33% of residents are unable to walk following surgery and physical therapy
- Up to 15% of hip fracture patients suffer from pressure sores
A nursing home negligence lawsuit was filed in Isabella County against the nursing home for the negligence of the nursing staff and administrators in not putting in place the proper safety and fall precautions to prevent the patient from injuring himself in a second fall. The Michigan Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home attorneys were able to settle the case prior to trial. The amount of the settlement is subject to a confidentiality agreement entered into by the parties.
A nursing home or residential care facility may be liable for the injuries that result from a hip fracture in their nursing home. Because the recovery is difficult and uncertain, the damages in these cases can be significant. It is important to contact our top rated nursing home malpractice lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. as soon as possible after an incident so that we can begin our investigation, locate witnesses, and secure the medical chart before it can be altered. Call now at (800) 606-1717 for your free consultation. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we settle or win your case.