Elders and dependent adults often suffer from physical or mental illness that makes them susceptible to falls. Because this is so common, California law requires certain long-term caregivers to evaluate a patient's condition and implement a specific plan to protect the patient from falling. Often, this plan is not implemented, and falls are passed off as "unavoidable accidents."
The elder neglect attorneys at The Gebler Firm, PC, have represented many clients who have suffered serious falls due to neglectful care in nursing homes, assisted living centers and medical transportation vans. We know how to reveal the true causes of falls, and we believe it is our duty and mission to hold negligent and abusive care providers accountable.
To arrange a free consultation with an experienced elder abuse lawyer, please call 818-876-9600 or send us an online consultation request. We would be honored to speak with you about your specific case.
Unfortunately, vulnerable adults are often mistreated by the very people whose job is to care for them, and far too often, falls are the result of neglectful care. We have handled many such cases, including those involving broken hips and head injuries.
In one case, the driver of a medical transportation van knocked a 78-year-old woman off the wheelchair lift as she was descending in her wheelchair. She fell several feet to the concrete, while still belted into her wheelchair. A neighbor who witnessed the fall offered to call 911, but the driver told her he had already called. Unfortunately, the driver never notified anyone. Although the patient had obviously hit her head, the driver wheeled her into her house and left her alone. Several hours later, the patient's son found her unconscious on the floor. The woman later died from a sub-dural hematoma due to "blunt force trauma to the head."
In another case, a woman in her mid-60s was admitted to a nursing home for physical therapy. She planned to return home to live with her son. One night, she activated her call light to receive assistance to the toilet. The nurses ignored the call light, so she tried to walk alone. When she rose from bed, she fell and hit her head on the night stand. Hearing the fall, staff found the patient lying on the floor, and noticed a large bruise on her head. A doctor examined the patient and told the nurses to watch for signs of a head injury (headache, blurred vision, dizziness, lethargy, etc). Instead, the woman was put back to bed and given pain medication to induce sleep. In the morning, the patient was found unconscious. The staff transferred her to the emergency room, but did not report the fall. Eventually, the doctors determined that she had suffered a sub-dural hematoma. Because she was not transferred to the emergency room promptly, the patient suffered severe brain damage and died within days.
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Falls involving elders and disabled persons may be caused by various forms of negligence, including:
If you believe your loved one fell or was injured due to lack of proper supervision by a caregiver, contact The Gebler Firm, PC for a free consultation. With offices in Calabasas and Long Beach, we are available to speak with you by phone at 818-876-9600, or you may send us an online consultation request. We proudly represent clients throughout Southern California.
We would be honored to speak with you about your rights and explain the options that are available. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we obtain a recovery.
Note: We encourage you to act quickly. The law limits the amount of time you and your loved one have to pursue legal action. In some cases, this can be as short as six months.
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