Many nursing home residents are at great risk of serious injury in falls and other incidents caused by their infirmities. Nursing homes in Wisconsin have a responsibility to accurately assess those risks and assist residents who cannot safely move around on their own.
At the law firm of Aiken & Scoptur, S.C., our Wisconsin nursing home injury attorneys help injured residents and their families pursue compensation from negligent facilities. If your parent, spouse or other loved one has been injured, contact us today for a free consultation.
Identifying the Causes of Injuries to Residents
Inadequate attention from nursing home staff is the greatest hazard to the safety of residents. As nursing homes try to cut corners in their budgets, the quality, training and simple numbers of staff members can suffer, increasing the risks of serious injuries like the following:
- Falls: When nursing staff fail to respond to call buttons, residents who cannot safely walk on their own may attempt to do so, especially if they need to use the bathroom. When these residents fall, they can suffer hip fractures, head traumas and other serious injuries.
- Side rail injuries: Residents who are not properly attended to may also attempt to climb over the side rails on their beds. This can be extremely dangerous, because many types of side rails pose a risk of potentially fatal strangulation.
Not all falls and other injuries can be prevented, but nursing homes can significantly reduce the risks by correctly assessing which residents are capable of moving around on their own and providing supervision and assistance to residents who cannot do so.
Call Our Experienced Milwaukee Nursing Home Injury Lawyers
If you suspect that a loved one fell or was otherwise injured in a nursing home due to a lack of attention and assistance, our attorneys can help you pursue a personal injury claim. Depending on the facts of the case, it may also be appropriate to initiate a criminal investigation.
We have the record and reputation to stand up to powerful nursing home corporations on behalf of injured residents. Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer.