This is an advertisement.

A Hometown Firm You Can Rely On

  1. Home
  2.  » 
  3. Nursing Home Neglect
  4.  » Negligence-related injuries in nursing homes

Negligence-related injuries in nursing homes

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2022 | Nursing Home Neglect

Preventable accidents and injuries happen every day in nursing homes. Many residents have special needs that are difficult and time-consuming to tend to. Some workers have overloaded schedules while others ignore their patients for days or weeks. There are certain types of accidents and injuries that occur frequently in nursing homes in Kentucky.

Types of injuries in nursing homes

Falls occur regularly when residents fall out of beds, down the stairs or across slippery floors. Bedrail injuries occur when the rail breaks off because of a mechanical malfunction. Broken bones, concussions and muscle strains are the most common injuries. Bedside residents may suffer from bedsores and infections. Most injuries are preventable and caused by negligence in fulfilling professional duties. A nurse can fail in a wide range of tasks from intentionally failing to turn a resident over in bed to forgetting to change the dressings.

A professional’s negligence

Many residents are responsible for causing their own injuries. When the nurses or caretakers are responsible, they are accused of nursing home neglect and can be charged with misdemeanors or felonies. Injured residents or their family members can file a personal injury, medical malpractice or wrongful death claims. The charges are often filed against a specific nurse or caretaker or against the nursing home for hiring an incompetent professional.

Common nursing home injuries include broken bones, bedsores, head injuries and infections. Some injuries are caused by the resident’s reckless behaviors, but others are caused by nurses and doctors who commit acts of neglect or physical abuse. The evidence of nursing home abuse or neglect provides the basis for a personal injury lawsuit.