Our Michigan nursing home negligence lawyers often pursue cases on behalf of residents who suffer serious injuries from falls out bed. These injuries can be prevented with proper safety precautions and patient care plans. Falls out of nursing home beds often lead to serious injuries, like fractured hips, and even death.
There are numerous risk factors that contribute a resident fall from a bed in a Michigan nursing home. These include a history of a previous fall, age, abnormalities of gait and balance, visual and cognitive impairment. Quite often the resident is disoriented or impaired due to the effects of medication and attempts to get out of bed with assistance. Other times, the resident’s try call for help but there is no response from the nursing home staff, so the resident attempts to get up but falls while getting out bed.
Precautions To Prevent Injuries From Falls from Beds
There are certain measures that can be used to prevent a resident from falling out of bed, like the use of bed rails or similar restraints. However, it is also important to minimize the potential injury if the resident does in fact fall out of the bed. One method to reduce injuries is the use of protective floor mats.
An interesting article, “Biomechanics and Injury Risk Assessment of Falls Onto Protective Floor Mats,” in Rehabilitation Nursing, discusses studies and statistics from three biomechanical experts on reducing injuries from falls from bed. The biomechanical analysis by the three researchers discusses the use of floor mats as an effective way to reduce or minimize fall from bed injuries. The authors of the article offer three Key Practice Points for nursing home staff and administrators. They are:
1. Biomechanical injury risk assessment can help nursing professional’s select fall-related safety devices such as protective floor mats.
2. The use of protective floor mats can significantly rude the risk of injury to the head, chest, and pelvis under tested conditions.
3. Minimizing the fall height by placing the bed at is lowest position also minimizes fall-related injury risk to the head, chest, and pelvis.
4. Additional research and testing is needed to establish standardized testing methodologies and rating systems for protective floor mats.
Legal Rights of Nursing Home Residents Due To A Fall From Bed
When a nursing home resident falls out of bed due to the failure of the nursing home staff to properly assess the risk of a fall injury, failure to take measures to prevent a fall injury, or the failure to take steps to minimize the seriousness of injury, the resident and the family can pursue a nursing home negligence case on behalf of the resident. This will not only help compensate the resident for the injuries or the family if the patient dies from the fall, but will help prevent other similar incidents from occurring at the facility at a later date.
Contact a Michigan Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
If you or someone you know suffers serious injuries from a fall out of bed in a Michigan nursing home, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced nursing home negligence lawyers. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to prove your case. Our expert Michigan attorneys will also represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we win or settle the nursing home neglect lawsuit. Call our legal team today for your free consultation.