Broken Bone in Elder Abuse Cases
Broken bones can be destructive as well as painful for the elderly. Whether the bones are broken because of a fall, physical violence, or a nursing home’s failure to protect frail seniors, the result is often devastating. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that falls are the number one cause of fatal injuries in Americans aged 65 and older. For people over 69, a fall increases the risk of death threefold!
If you suspect your loved one’s broken bone is a sign of nursing home abuse or neglect, don’t hesitate. Contact Long Beach elder attorney Travis Siegel for a free consultation.
Breaks Are More Common in the Elderly
As we age, the bone structures in our body become frailer. This leaves us more susceptible to broken bones. Couple that with impaired mobility or eyesight and loss of balance and it is clear why so many seniors end up injured after a fall.
In falls, seniors usually suffer fractures in the:
- Pelvis (hip)
- Femur, lower leg, and ankle
- Humerus, forearm, and hand
However, are these falls preventable? Is there anything that can be done to minimize the risk to seniors?
Nursing Homes’ Duty to Residents
In a nursing home, caregivers have an obligation to promote the safety and well-being of patients in their care. This means providing support, balance, clear walkways, assistive devices, and appropriate footwear as well as safety grips in bathrooms and wet areas.
Clearly, not every broken bone is the result of someone’s neglect or failure to provide appropriate care. But some cases are exactly that. Injuries can happen if an elderly person is left to get himself up out of bed unassisted and falls; if he is not properly supported by staff while getting into a wheelchair; if his pathway is obstructed or not properly maintained; or any time he is left without adequate supervision.
Abuse and Neglect Can Break Bones
Broken bones may also be the result of abusive or violent behavior on the part of a caregiver. This is not at rare as you think. Regardless of how the bone broke, it can be debilitating - and deadly - for the elderly patient.
Is there anything that can be done to help your injured family member? Yes. Hospital care, rehabilitative treatments, and prescriptions should be able to handle a broken bone. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your senior’s case, he or she may also be entitled to compensation from the nursing home to cover these costs.
If your elderly family member suffered a broken bone in a nursing home, contact Siegel Law at (562) 645-4145 to discuss your legal rights and options.
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