Fractures Can Be Catastrophic
Breaking a bone, especially a hip, when you are elderly, can have catastrophic implications. A broken hip can cause serious secondary medical conditions, a decreased quality of life and in some cases, death. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society shows that nearly 20 percent of patients with broken hips die within a year.
If your loved one suffered a broken hip because of nursing home neglect or abuse, you can take action. Domnitz & Skemp, S.C., holds nursing homes in Wisconsin accountable for negligence. We will investigate the incident and determine who is liable for your loved one's injury. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call our Milwaukee nursing home injury lawyers at 414-395-5832 today.
The Consequences of Broken Hips
A broken hip requires major surgery and rehabilitation, and may result in permanent disability in older patients. The period of inactivity following the surgery can cause problems such as pneumonia and malnutrition to develop. Lengthy hospital stays can also lead to infections, depression and muscle attrition. If the broken hip does not heal, the patient may be subjected to an additional risky surgery.
Because they may have calcium deficiencies and problems maintaining their balance, elderly people are prone to fractures. People age 65 and over typically suffer broken hips because they are susceptible to falls. In nursing homes, falls can be the result of staff or facility negligence such as:
- Falling out of bed
- Slipping in the bathroom
- Staff dropping a resident while trying to lift him or her
- Lack of supervision
Working with medical experts and life-care planners, our attorneys will calculate the cost of the injuries. In some cases, you may be able to seek punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.
Racine Nursing Home Fall Lawyers
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