Some patients who are staying in a nursing home should be attended to by the medical professionals on staff at all times. These patients may need help to get out of bed, and improper physical actions or inactions can result in harm to them. It could be something as simple as standing up, as many elderly people have trouble doing so. If the medical, nursing or attendant staff are not providing help to patients who want to move, and they suffer a slip and fall, then the nursing home can be held liable for negligence.
Types of Slip and Fall Cases in a Nursing Home
There are many reasons nursing home patients may bring a slip and fall claim. However, there are some things they need to be sure of first. Patients of a nursing home are supposed to be on a daily routine that determines when they move from room-to-room and when they are out of bed. If they are supposed to be asleep in the middle of the night but try to get out of bed, without calling for help, then establishing the nursing home’s negligence and responsibility for the patient’s injury can be much more challenging.
If the patient is being transported from one bed to another and nurses move them or accidentally dropped them, then the nursing home can be held responsible for this type of mistake. Nursing homes can also be held responsible if their staff was not there when they were supposed to take someone to the bathroom and the patient ends up falling down and getting hurt while trying to go alone. Speaking with a qualified lawyer who has experience in nursing home abuse cases can greatly help a slip and fall victim figure out if they have a case worth pursuing or not.
Taking a Slip and Fall Case to Court
If it has been determined that a patient slipped and fell in a nursing home when he or she should have been receiving help, an attorney can file a lawsuit seeking compensation for any medical treatment the patient had to endure because of injury, and for any pain and suffering that the patient had to go through. It can be a stressful situation to need help, not be able to receive it, and then get injured when trying to perform a task alone.
The law firm investigating a slip and fall case will examine the nursing home in question, analyze the event in question, and seek proof that the nursing home is responsible for their client’s injuries. Proving that a patient fell and was injured as a result of the nursing home’s negligence is imperative to receive the financial compensation the injured person deserves.
If you or someone you love is staying at a nursing home in South Carolina and was injured in a slip and fall accident, call Clore Law Group at (843) 722-8070. Our law firm is experienced with slip and fall cases in a nursing home setting and is prepared to help you in your claim. We will be able to help you figure out if you have a nursing home abuse case that’s worth pursuing.