Broken Bones Caused By Nursing Home Abuse

Legal Guidance from Our Charleston Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

For elderly adults, bone health is an important issue to consider when they are in the care of a nursing home. Lack of physical activity and certain medications for thyroid problems or arthritis can weaken a patient's bones and make them more susceptible to injury. With that in mind, if a vulnerable adult is a victim of nursing home abuse, and their caregivers place more pressure on a bone than it can stand, it is inevitable that it will split or break.

Broken bones or "fractures" are commonly caused by:

  • A fall from a height
  • Direct blow
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Repetitive forces

Broken bones can be incredibly painful and, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 1,500,000 elderly adults suffer fractures each year. Weak bones can be deadly for elders. For example, a broken hip makes it up to for times more likely that an elderly individual will die within a duration of three months.

If they survive, the injury could still cause the person's health to spiral downward quickly. While one in five who suffer from a hip fracture will end up in a nursing home within one year or less, many others will suffer from isolation and depression, or will be afraid to leave their residence out of fear of falling again.

Recognizing the Signs of Broken Bones & Fractures

Suspect that your loved one was injured? The symptoms of broken bones include:

  • A visibly misshapen limb
  • Bruising, swelling, or bleeding
  • Intense pain
  • Broken skin where bone is protruding
  • Limited mobility
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Inadequate blood circulation (pale or bluish skin)

Work With Our Award-Winning Legal Team

If your loved one has broken bones or is showing other signs of possible physical abuse, you are urged to contact a Charleston nursing home abuse attorney from Preston & Salango, PLLC. We are an award-winning legal team with more than 40 years of collective experience. Just a few of the reasons why clients choose us include:

  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® (members)
  • U.S. News and World Reports "Best Law Firms"
  • We are a no recovery, no fee law firm

When it comes to the elderly, a broken bone is not "just a broken bone." A bone fracture, especially when it affects the hip, can have serious consequences on your loved one's health. If your loved one is suffering from broken bones as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, please contact our firm for help. You and your family can rely on our upstanding Charleston nursing home abuse lawyers to provide you with the experienced, dedicated and skilled representation you need.

To get started, schedule your free consultation with Preston & Salango, PLLC today.

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