Can A Hospital Patient or Nursing Home Resident File A Lawsuit For Fall Injuries in Michigan?
Prevalence and Severity of Falls
According to statistics, falls are too frequent in the United States and confirm the severity of injuries suffered in falls. Statistics show that:
Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury for people 65 years and older
75% of nursing home residents are expected to fall each year
Following a hip fracture from a fall, the mortality rate is 17% to 32%
By 2040 it is estimated that there will be 500,000 hip fractures every year
Legal Rights Involving Fall Injuries
Hospital patients and nursing home residents do have legal rights in cases involving fall injuries. Many times, these injuries are due to negligence of the nursing staff and medical facility. Types of negligence include:
Failing to implement a fall prevention strategy
Failing to recommend and use bed rails
Failing to recommend and use restraints
Failing to recommend and use a bed alarm
Failure to recommend and use a sitter
When a hospital or nursing is negligent and a fall injury occurs, a lawsuit can be filed seeking damages for the injuries suffered in the fall. Claims can be made for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and disability. When a patient dies from the fall injury, this can give rise to a wrongful death lawsuit.
Contact a Michigan Fall Injury Lawyer
To learn more about the legal rights of a hospital patient or nursing home resident after a fall injury, you should contact our law firm so that we can thoroughly investigate the case. We will obtain all of the medical records and carefully evaluate whether the hospital or nursing home was negligent and whether this was a cause of the fall injury. We will also have our team of medical and nursing experts provide us an opinion as to whether there is a case to be filed.
We handle cases against hospitals, nursing homes, residential care facilities, and other medical facilities for patients and residents who are injured in falls and suffer death, hip fractures, broken bones, and other injuries.