As the baby-boomer generation continues to age, there are close to two million adults over the age of 65 currently live in nursing homes across the country. These facilities are intended to be a refuge and provide a safe and caring environment where elderly adults can be cared for and kept safe from harm when they can no longer take care of themselves. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is a common occurrence. One of the most common hazards nursing home residents face are slip and fall accidents. And while these types of accidents are common for all elderly adults, and in many cases may truly be accidents, there are instances in which the fall could have been avoided or was caused by negligence, lack of training, or unsafe nursing home conditions. When this happens, it’s important to know that you and your family have legal options and can take action against the negligent nursing home facility.
Elderly people are especially susceptible to injury, and slip and fall accidents can result in severe consequences, such as traumatic brain injuries and broken bones, and can alter the quality of your loved one’s life forever. When slip and fall accidents are caused by negligent nursing home staff, the victim and their family deserve compensation to help pay for medical bills and other expenses during the recovery. At Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A., we know this is a trying time in your life, and we are here to fight for you every step of the way. Contact the West Palm Beach nursing home slip and fall lawyers with Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. today by calling 561.689.8180 and scheduling a free consultation. You may also fill out our online contact form.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
In the aftermath of a slip and fall accident, your number one priority should be the safety and the health of your loved one living in a nursing home. Proving negligence in a nursing home abuse case can be incredibly complicated, requiring not only years of experience but also access to the necessary resources to investigate every aspect of the accident and the nursing home facility. This level of care and thoroughness can only be possible with the legal experience and skills of a qualified attorney. When so much is on the line, handling this type of case on your own can be a major mistake and could result in financial ruin for yourself and your family.
Why Choose Us?
Hiring a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney is a major decision. At Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A., we know you have options when it comes to legal representation, but we also know that no firm and no attorney can come close to the level of care and attention to detail that you’ll find here. Our team of attorneys has decades of combined experience handling nursing home slip and fall accidents, and we’ll treat you and your family with the respect and sensitivity you deserve during this difficult time. We’ll handle every step of your case, from filing a claim to negotiating with insurance companies and, if necessary, taking your case to court to make sure you receive every dollar you deserve.
How We Can Help
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 3 out of 4 nursing home residents fall every year, with the average person falling 2.6 times a year. While not all falls are the fault of nursing homes or the staff, many falls are never reported and even more could have been prevented with adequate care. One of the easiest ways to prevent a fall is to intervene early. If you or a loved one reported a history of falls to the nursing home, the facility should be even more cautious and take steps to prevent future falls.
Falls can occur for many reasons. Some of the most common causes of falls include one or a combination of the following:
- Weakened muscles
- Difficulty walking
- Environmental hazards (such as wet or slick floors, poor lighting, and damaged handrails or ramps)
- Changes in medication and dosage
- Ill-fitting footwear
- Not having access to a walker, a wheelchair, or assistance from staff
With between 10 and 20 percent of falls resulting in serious injuries and 1,800 elderly patient deaths every year due to falls, your loved one’s life may depend on the care they receive. When that care is insufficient, you need to take action.
Contact Us Today
If someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident at a nursing home, you need to take immediate action to hold the responsible party liable. Contact the West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyers at Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. today by calling 561.689.8180 and take the first step in recovering the financial compensation you need so you can move on with your life.