Hospitals have the duty to make sure no patient is exposed to unnecessary danger, but they have a special obligation to elderly patients. Older adults are often at high risk for falls, and it is the hospital's responsibility to take proper precautions to prevent such falls from happening. While a trip, slip or fall may only cause bruises on a younger person, the elderly frequently suffer far more serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, broken hips or other broken bones.

While some falls are impossible to anticipate or prevent, others are the result of negligence on the part of nurses, nursing aides, rehabilitation staff, emergency room personnel and other hospital employees. If you or a loved one suffered serious harm from a negligence-related fall, you may have the right to pursue financial compensation.

At the North Florida law firm of Cronin & Maxwell, PL, our Jacksonville patient falls attorneys have more than 15 years of experience holding negligent medical providers responsible for the injuries they cause. We can gladly answer your questions and advise you about your legal rights.

Examples Of Potential Negligence-Related Hospital Falls

Hospital falls are examples of "Never Events"— events that should never, ever occur. Unfortunately, they do. In one case we handled, a nursing aide ignored a patient's warnings and attempted to move her without assistance. The aide ended up dropping the patient, injuring both the woman's knees so severely that she required surgery.

Here are a few more examples:

  • Hospital staff fail to post "Wet Floor" signs to warn patients and visitors after mopping the hallways or spilling liquids on the floor, resulting in serious slip-and-fall injuries.
  • A doctor discharges a patient prematurely, even though the person's symptoms show that he or she is not fit to be released. The individual subsequently falls and is injured.
  • Rehabilitation therapists or other staff drop a patient while transferring him or her.
  • Hospital personnel allow an identified high-risk patient to get out of bed and wander around, and the patient falls.

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We handle all hospital malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not owe us any legal fees unless we help you obtain compensation. To discuss how our experienced lawyers can be of assistance, please request a free initial consultation by contacting us at 904-302-6414 or by email.