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Patients falling and injuring themselves in Toronto and Ontario hospitals happens more frequently than you would imagine. Elderly patients are most at risk for falling.
Common injuries from falls include hip, wrist, and knee fractures, as well as sometimes spinal injuries and brain damage. In compromised patients, these injuries can sometimes be fatal.
Falls most often occur during unsafe transfers. Patients should be assessed for risk of falling so that a reasonable fall prevention protocol can be implemented. Sometimes these assessments do not take place or sometimes they are not followed.
Another way in which patients fall in hospitals is by waiting too long for a nurse to come see them to help them to the washroom. After calling for a nurse many times and waiting a long time, the patient might try to go to the bathroom themselves because no one came to assist them. During this process, the person may fall and hurt themselves.
Patients also sometimes fall because they do not have the appropriate restrains in place, such as bedrails.
Every case is different and should be evaluated by an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to know whether you may have a lawsuit.
Toronto medical malpractice lawyer Paul Cahill has extensive experience representing patients in lawsuits against hospitals for falls. To request a free consultation on whether you may have a claim against a hospital for a fall causing injury, please e-mail Paul Cahill today.
For further information on the legal liability of hospital for patient falls, please read this post.