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Can Nursing Home Patients Die if They Fall Out of Bed?

 Posted on April 17, 2024 in Bed Sores

Chicago Nursing Home Neglect AttorneyIn nursing homes across Illinois, where the comfort of aging loved ones is left in the hands of healthcare professionals, the risk of falls remains one of the greatest dangers of all. While most think of nursing home falls as taking place when a resident is walking from one spot to another, the simple act of falling out of bed can have terrible consequences, raising questions about the quality of care and the vulnerability of residents in nursing homes. If you are concerned with the quality of care your loved one is receiving at his or her nursing home or if your loved one has already suffered an injury, contact an attorney right away. 

At Schwartz Injury Law, our highly trained staff of qualified lawyers has ample experience in handling cases involving nursing home injuries, many of which are caused by neglect or abuse. From the very moment clients call our firm, they will be speaking with an actual attorney, not some intake service. This personalized client contact makes our firm distinct from the vast majority of competitor firms. Let us get to work and help you solve your legal matters. 

So, Can A Nursing Home Resident Die from Falling Out of Bed?

While some may not consider falling out of bed to be a potentially fatal event, for elderly patients, falling out of bed can certainly lead to death. For example, suppose a nursing home patient falls out of bed and cracks his or her head against the floor. This could result in skull fractures, brain bleeding, traumatic brain injuries, and more, all of which can lead to a nursing home resident passing away. 

What Would Cause a Nursing Home Resident to Fall Out of Bed?

Nursing home residents may fall out of bed due to a number of reasons, including:

  • Inadequate supervision

  • Lack of proper bed railings

  • Improper bed height adjustments

  • Understaffing leading to delayed assistance 

  • Failure to assess and address fall risks 

These factors, often rooted in nursing home neglect, can significantly increase the vulnerability of residents to falls and heighten the risks of injuries and even death. 

Contact Our Addison County, IL Nursing Home Neglect Attorney

If your loved one fell out of his or her bed and suffered a grave injury or even death, the experienced Chicago, IL nursing home fall lawyers at Schwartz Injury Law can assist you and your family. Call 312-535-4625 for a complimentary consultation.

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