Can I Sue for a Nursing Home Slip and Fall Accident?
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), falls are the number one cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for senior Americans. As we age and need more help with daily activities, many of us live a certain number of our years in a nursing home. Thousands of elderly nursing home residents are injured in slip and fall accidents each year. Nursing home staff/owners are tasked with caring for their elderly clients so when a slip and fall accident happens involving negligence, they can be held liable under premises liability laws and personal injury laws.
While it is true that seniors are more likely than other age groups to slip and fall during regular activities, there are legitimate slip and fall cases for nursing home residents. Understand that many nursing home residents become nervous to file a complaint against their caregivers and may be reluctant to come forward.