Bone Fractures & Breaks in Nursing Homes
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Bone fractures and breaks are often evidence of the occurrence of nursing home abuse or neglect of an elderly loved one. If someone you love is a resident in a nursing home and has suffered from or is suffering from bone fractures, breaks, or other common abuse and neglect symptoms, contact a Chicago nursing home abuse attorney at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today so that we can investigate and pursue the compensation you deserve.
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Bone Fractures May Be Evidence of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
A bone fracture is a serious medical condition where there is a break in the continuity of a bone.
All bone fractures are broadly categorized as either:
- Closed fractures are often referred to as "simple fractures," and are those where the skin surrounding the fracture remains intact at the time of the break.
- Open fractures are often referred to as "compound fractures," and involve additional injuries that are related to the fracture, such as a fracture hematoma that dangerously exposes the bone to infection and contamination.
- Compression fractures often occur in the back or vertebrae and are caused by a sudden separation or slippage of disks. Osteoporosis or other diseases that affect bone density and strength can exacerbate compression fractures.
Compression fractures are the most common of these fractures to occur in nursing home residents. This is because many elderly patients at nursing homes suffer from conditions such as osteoporosis, which makes them very susceptible to bone fractures and breaks. Thus, it is imperative that nursing home employees are very careful with patients, taking every preventable measure possible in order to avoid a slip or fall.
Fall Prevention Is Critical
The most important and effective prevention measure is the constant surveillance of patients. Surveillance can involve providing patients with the proper walking assistance devices and accompanying them throughout the facility. Proper nursing home facilities take steps to protect their patients and to prevent falls.
It is important to realize that nursing home neglect that results in bone fractures is often not intentional, but is caused by under-staffing issues. Therefore, one way to discover the likelihood of nursing home neglect is to ascertain the ratio of employees to patients.
Is It Abuse?
If you or a loved one has suffered a bone fracture or break while in the care of a nursing home, it is very possible that it was caused by abuse or neglect. Physical abuse consists of any improper touching, pushing, hitting, or any other physical act perpetrated by a nursing home employee against an elderly patient. While most victims are able to immediately alert the proper authorities, unfortunately many abuse victims are not mentally competent to recount the abuse. It has been established that the best preventative measure for physical abuse is to visit your loved one as often as possible, making your presence known to the staff.
However, it is more common that these injuries evidence nursing home neglect. A primary reason families make the difficult decision to place loved ones in a nursing home is their inability to constantly watch their elderly loved one. Once placed in a nursing home, it is the responsibility of the staff to watch these individuals and thus prevent injuries such as bone fractures. While it is impossible for the staff to monitor patients every second of every day, it is unacceptable to leave patients unsupervised for lengthy periods of time because serious injuries can and do occur.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help. Call Us at (800) 794-0444.
If you or a loved one has suffered a bone fracture or break while in the care of a nursing home, it is imperative you immediately contact a Chicago nursing home abuse attorney at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. Taking legal action can help ensure that this abuse never happens again and that your loved one receives just compensation for his or her injuries. We travel to clients across the country at no extra cost.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 for a free case evaluation with a nursing home abuse attorney in Chicago.