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Broken Bones & Fractures in New York Nursing Homes

Broken Bones & Fractures in New York Nursing HomesNursing home residents have a significantly higher risk of suffering a fracture or broken bone than other individuals in New York. According to a National Center for Biotechnology Information study, about 1.5 million people sustain a fracture due to bone disease like osteoporosis, affecting one in two Americans over age 50. While sustaining a broken bone may not always be deadly, nearly all fractures can cause nursing home residents a great deal of pain that diminishes their quality of life.

Broken bones and fractures are also among the most common indications of nursing home abuse or neglect in New York. While not every fractured bone results from negligent or abusive care, it’s vital for family members to learn the details and determine whether the nursing home facility or staff is at fault.

Suppose a loved one died after suffering a fractured bone in a New York nursing home. In that case, you may be able to recover damages from the responsible nursing home with the assistance of an experienced New York nursing home abuse lawyer at Dalli & Marino, LLP.

Why New York Nursing Home Residents Are Vulnerable to Broken Bones 

For nursing home residents over age 60 in New York, a broken bone is not considered a minor wound because it can lead to severe medical complications and, in the worst case, death. Sadly, nursing home residents may sustain fractures and broken bones after falling due to negligent care of nurses and staff. Fractures in the hips are some of the most painful types that residents can suffer, potentially causing a deterioration in their overall health.

Nursing home facilities have a duty of care to protect their residents from injuries. However, despite this legal duty of care, nurses and staff may neglect to supervise each patient appropriately. In many instances, this suggests that the nursing home had insufficient nurses and staff to care for residents as they should.

Nursing homes in New York owe a duty of care to their residents and, if they neglect to uphold this duty, they will be held liable. An experienced nursing home abuse lawyer can help you take legal action in the best interests of your loved one and file a suit to recover compensation for the damages related to the fractured bone injury.  

Types of Nursing Home Bone Fractures 

Not all broken bones and fractures have the same impact. Usually, x-rays can be used to determine the type of fracture. Frequently, nursing home residents suffer broken bones and fractures because of trauma. Other times, brittle bones worsened by osteoporosis will fracture due to repetitive motion.

Different types of nursing home bone fractures include:

  • Compression fractures: This type of fracture is not caused by trauma but often due to frail bones and osteoporosis.  
  • Stress fractures: Also called hairline fractures, stress fractures involve small breaks in the bone due to repetitive movements. Stress fractures often impact the lower areas of the feet and legs. If left untreated, stress fractures can become much more severe.
  • Traumatic fractures: The most worrying type of fracture, traumatic fractures, are caused by an injury or trauma. A nursing home resident who falls and breaks a bone constitutes a traumatic fracture.

Common Fractures in New York Nursing Homes 

Some of the more common broken bones and fractures our attorneys see in New York nursing homes include:

  • Ankle and wrist fractures
  • Back and vertebrae fractures
  • Femur fractures
  • Hip fractures
  • Pelvic fractures
  • Skull Fractures

What to Do if Your Loved One Suffers a Fracture or Broken Bone in a New York Nursing Home?

When you trust a nursing home facility to look after your loved ones, they are responsible for looking after their safety and security, including taking measures to prevent falls. Nursing homes must evaluate each resident’s fall risk and implement strategies that prevent falls from occurring. When a resident is found to have an unreported fracture in a nursing home, that should be a red flag. An unexplained broken bone may suggest nursing home abuse or neglect and should be investigated right now.

Each time you visit your loved one at a nursing home in New York, talk to them and ask how they’re feeling. If they can’t respond, be mindful of apparent signs of neglect or abuse. 

Symptoms of a broken bone or fracture may include:

  • Bruising and swelling in the affected area
  • Skin appearing discolored, deformed, or angulated
  • Discomfort and pain caused by any attempt to move the affected body part

If you verify that your loved one’s suffered a fractured bone, get immediate medical attention. Taking action to get your loved one the medical help necessary also provides health records that may help connect the fracture to the neglectful or abusive acts of the responsible parties. After getting immediate medical care, retain trusted legal counsel from an experienced fractured and broken bones nursing home attorney.

Call a Seasoned Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in New York City

Did your loved one suffer a broken bone or fracture at a New York nursing home? If you suspect that a member of your family was harmed by negligent or abusive behavior by nursing home staff or the facility, call the dedicated New York nursing home abuse attorneys at Dalli & Marino

Our attorneys approach each case individually and are dedicated to helping families in New York recover the compensation they justly deserve when wronged by negligent nursing home facilities. At Dalli & Marino, we’re a group of experienced lawyers who are very familiar with New York-specific laws and government health services. Since 1996, we have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients throughout New York. Call us at 888-465-8790 or complete our contact form to schedule your free consultation today.

 


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