New California state regulations were put in place regarding nursing home facilities in 2018. A wave of nursing homes, nearly half of those in the state, have requested an exemption from these new rules. The new regulations went into effect in July of 2018. These new regulations require nursing home staff to spend more time actively caring for their residents. Having better staffing rules would help nursing homes prevent many injuries to their residents, including helping to reduce the number of falls that residents in nursing homes suffer each year.
Injuries Due to Falls in Nursing Homes
While falling is a common cause of injury to elderly individuals, it is particularly concerning when these types of injuries are suffered by nursing home residents who are supposed to be carefully cared for. In fact, nursing home residents are actually more likely to suffer from a fall when compared to elderly persons residing elsewhere.
When a nursing home resident suffers an injury due to a fall which was caused by negligence on the part of the nursing home, the facility may be liable not only for the resulting medical bills but also for the pain and suffering that the elderly person experienced because of their injuries. Injuries suffered from a fall can be quite serious, especially for elderly individuals. These injuries may include broken or sprained bones and lacerations, and depending on the degree of severity, may require surgery or substantial medical care to allow the injured resident to return back to their normal state of health.
If your loved one has suffered a fall while residing in a nursing home and you believe the nursing home or their staff is responsible for their injuries, contact our attorneys at The Peck Law Group today. We can help you or your loved one fight for the compensation they deserve.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.