Causes of Nursing Home Slips, Trips and Falls

When it comes to securing an appropriate long-term care facility for a loved one, there are many factors to be considered. One such factor is the number of nursing home residents who have experienced slips, trips and falls within the nursing home facility. This is a consideration when choosing a facility as slips, trips and falls are some of the leading causes of injuries in nursing homes. While such instances do occur, they can be prevented. Understanding the causes of nursing home slip, trip and fall accidents can lead to their prevention. If you or someone you know has been injured in a nursing home slip, trip or fall, contact the personal injury attorneys at Jacoby and Meyers, LLP NY today.

While it may be true that many people in nursing homes are at high risk for falling, most slips, trips and falls in the nursing home are caused by lack of care on the part of the facility’s staff. For example, tripping hazards may be left outside a resident’s doorway creating a potentially hazardous situation. This can be a food tray, rolling cart, cane or wheel chair. All items left outside of a resident’s room should be cleared away promptly to prevent a hazardous and potentially dangerous situation.

Lack of a regular and consistent cleaning schedule can also create potentially hazardous situations. Most every nursing home has a cleaning arrangement that works well for their facility, but might not be the most beneficial for its residents. In the event that a liquid or other substance ends up on the floor, it should be cleaned up immediately to prevent a slip and fall situation. You want to choose a nursing home facility that has a well thought out, efficient and effective cleaning schedule. In most cases, the bulk of the cleaning is done at night when there are less people on the floors. This decreases the potential for elderly residents to find themselves in hazardous situations. In addition to nighttime cleaning, regular janitorial crews should be patrolling the facility to keep the floors clean at all times.

You will also want to choose a facility that has a well-designed floor plan. An efficient nursing home facility will have nurses’ stations strategically placed throughout the facility for its residents. If the nursing home residents are placed far away from the nursing station, your loved one may be at a greater risk for falling.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a nursing home slip, trip or fall, contact personal injury attorneys of personal injury attorneys at Jacoby and Meyers, LLP NY today. Our team of personal injury professionals has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation. Call us today at (877) 504-5562. You may also email us with inquiries at [email protected].


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