Our Michigan lawyers often pursue cases on behalf of hospital patients and nursing home residents who suffer serious injuries from falls in bathrooms. These injuries are preventable with proper safety precautions and patient care plans. Falls in bathrooms often lead to serious injuries, like fractured hips, and even death.
Risk Factors For Falls
The strongest risk factor domains predicting the likelihood of future falls include: a previous fall, age, abnormalities of gait and balance, visual and cognitive impairment. The hospital staff must do a proper assessment to determine if he or she is a fall risk. There are many factors that contribute to a fall in a bathroom, which include:
- The patient is under medication that affects balance and coordination
- The patient has a medical condition that affects steadiness and balance
- The patient needs assistance to get off of the toilet and staff does not come to assist
- The patient falls in a shower or bathtub due to lack of necessary safety features
- The patient is injured during a transfer by a staff member
Legal Rights of Patients After Fall in a Bathroom
When a hospital patient or nursing home resident falls in a bathroom due to the failure of the hospital staff to properly assess the risk of a fall injury or fails to take measures to prevent a fall injury, the patient and the family can pursue a medical negligence case on behalf of the patient. These cases are used to fairly compensate the injured person for the injuries and to cover all medical expenses related to the additional injuries.
Contact a Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Our experienced malpractice attorneys handle cases for patient falls in a bathroom at a Michigan hospital or nursing home. Individuals injured from a fall in a bathroom should contact a Michigan medical malpractice lawyer immediately to discuss your case. Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case.