Nursing Home Falls & Unexplained Injuries


While not all falls are preventable, in the long-term care facility setting a fall risk assessment is routinely undertaken to identify those who are at risk for falls. Through the use of this risk assessment appropriate interventions can be undertaken. While it is generally not appropriate to restrain a resident who is at a high risk for falls, a number of other interventions can be taken to prevent falls or prevent the injuries that result from falls.

These interventions can include:

  • The use of bed alarms and chair alarms
  • Lap buddies
  •  Appropriate transfer techniques
  • Specific equipment for assisted transfers
  • Floor mats at the edge of the bed
  • The use of low beds so falls from the bed are not as likely to result in a serious injury


Investigation of fall-related injury claims requires a thorough understanding of what the fall risk was known to be, what interventions were recommended, and which ones were actually undertaken, and the details of how the fall happened. Protecting your family and securing your representation should begin as soon as possible.  Our team at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Foster, Gwartney, Leace & Hobbs, P.A., of experienced Tallahassee nursing home lawyers know what goes into a successful suit against a long-term care facility and how to protect our clients’ rights and interests throughout every phase of their claim.

We are right here, available to serve Tallahassee and the surrounding areas, and have an attorney on-call 24 hours a day for you! Do not wait to call us at (850) 222-2000 to schedule your free consultation.



All too often, the fall itself is only part of the claim. What you may not realize is the post-fall resident assessments and timely medical attention are very important in the treatment of injuries. While a fall may not be preventable, and may be the result of just an unfortunate set of circumstances, there is no excuse for a facility’s failure to timely obtain appropriate care for the injuries sustained in a fall.

All too often, residents have broken bones or intracranial bleeding that remain unchecked. There are times when injured residents have been left untreated for hours or even days before a family member starts asking questions about why his or her loved one is not answering phone calls or cannot be reached within the facility.

Did you know the possible causes of falls, fractures, bruising, and unexplained injuries can include::

  • Improper lifting a patient in or out of bed
  • Failure to support patient while he or she is standing or moving into a wheelchair
  • Failure to place a patient’s feet securely in chair holds (off the ground and away from the wheels)
  • Ignoring a diagnosis such as osteoporosis
  • Poorly fitted shoes or care of feet
  • Environment hazards such as equipment in hallways or stacking equipment high on shelves where it can fall


Interventions to prevent falls can begin at the patient, staff and organizational levels. Families should not wait to inquire as to what facility policies and procedures are in place to prevent and manage these accidents before agreeing to admit the loved one.

If you believe that your loved one’s fall injury could have been prevented or need guidance on how to better understand what happened, our experienced team of local nursing home attorneys are ready to help you.  We are right here, available to serve Tallahassee and the surrounding areas, and have an attorney on-call 24 hours a day for you! Do not wait to call us at (850) 222-2000 to schedule your free case evaluation.