Falls among Michigan nursing home residents and hospital patients are all too common and often result in serious injuries and even death. The nursing home staff is obligated to assess residents to determine if they are at risk for falling at the nursing home. If a resident or patient is properly assessed as a fall risk, the staff is required to implement a plan designed to minimize the risk of a fall injury. Many times, a plan is implemented but not followed and serious injury, or death, can result.
When a patientt falls and suffers trauma to the head, even if it seems minor at the time, a serious injury may occur. Even a minor appearing head trauma can put extreme force on the brain which may result in inter-cranial bleed (commonly referred to as a subdural hematoma). Subdural hematomas (SDH) often happen when blood vessels erupt in the space between the brain and the outermost membrane that covers the brain.
How Does Subdural Hematoma Affect The Brain?
Due to the clustering of blood caused by hematoma excessive pressure is put on the brain tissues. If the pressure is consent, the active bleed will build, the result will be: serious injuries or even death. Acute subdural hematomas are among the most lethal of head injuries, with a mortality rate of between 50-90%. Roughly 30% of fatal head injuries include an acute subdural hematoma.
Symptoms of a Post-Fall Subdural Hematoma
Some common subdural hematoma symptoms after a resident fall in a nursing are:
- Lethargy or confusion
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Speech impairment
- Visual problems
The medical staff and physician are trained to identify these symptoms and to get immediate medical intervention for the injured resident. When promptly identified, resident is more likely to have better outcome and survival rate. Depending on the size of the hematoma, surgery may be required.
No Fee Promise For Michigan Nursing Home Fall Injury
The nursing home or medical facility may be liable for monetary damages to a resident and the family after a fall injury that results in head trauma or a subdural hematoma. Our law firm will handle your case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact Your Michigan Subdural Hematoma Injury Nursing Home Attorney Now!
If your loved one suffered from a fall at a nursing home, you should contact our office immediately! After a fall accident in a nursing home or hospital, we will investigate the cause of the accident. These injuries are often not well-documented and it is necessary to do a full investigation, especially because the injured resident does not often have the ability to remember or describe the incident. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan nursing home fall and injury about your case.