Are Nursing Homes Liable for Slips and Falls on their Premises?
Elderly people are much more prone to slips and falls than the average person, and because of their frailty they are also much more likely to suffer serious injuries in those falls as a result. It stands to reason that nursing homes, as homes to many elderly people in one location, would be a common location for slips and falls to occur. But what sort of liability do they have when these accidents happen?
All nursing homes are expected to meet certain safety standards for their residents, and to create care plans for each resident to ensure that their health and safety needs are met. A failure to create and regularly update these plans is considered to be negligence on the part of the nursing home, and could lead to a nursing home neglect lawsuit.
Some of the hazards that are most likely to cause slips and falls in nursing homes include:
- Poorly maintained or fitted wheelchairs, canes or walkers
- Improper height for beds and chairs
- Poor accessibility standards around the premises
- Environmental hazards like slippery floors, icy sidewalks, clutter or poorly lit rooms
Nursing homes are expected to be aware of these hazards and take all necessary precautions to avoid them. Good lighting, regular maintenance and attention to the residents goes a long way toward promoting a safe environment for everyone.
If you believe that your loved one has suffered a slip or fall in a Long Island nursing home, speak with an experienced lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP to learn more about your legal options.