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Bone Fractures & Breaks

Elderly Broken Bones & Fractures in Nursing Homes

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One of the most common signs of nursing home abuse or neglect is a fractured or broken bone. These injuries may be from physical abuse or related to a fall; studies show that 90% of fractures in people 65 years of age or older are caused by falls. At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm in Chicago, Illinois, we provide skilled and compassionate legal counsel to individuals in all 50 states who suspect their loved ones are suffering from some form of abuse or neglect.

If you have reason to believe this is happening to someone you care about, call our Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys at 800.201.3999.

Different Types of Fractures

The three most common types of bone fractures are:

  • Closed Fractures – Also known as a simple fracture, this occurs when the skin remains intact.
  • Open Fractures – Also known as a compound fracture, this can involve additional injuries, such as a fracture hematoma (mass of clotted blood) that can expose the bone to infection or contamination.
  • Compression Fractures – This is the most common fracture sustained in nursing homes and refers to a separation or slippage of discs in the back. This is worsened by conditions affecting bone density, like osteoporosis.

Do Broken Bones Mean Abuse Occurred?

While broken and fractured bones do not always mean that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, it is a major warning sign. Most often, fractures are a sign of staff negligence. Nursing homes are responsible for the safety and well-being of its residents—which includes monitoring them carefully. Nursing homes are chronically understaffed and often do not have enough employees to properly supervise and assist all residents, leading to falls and fractures.

Want to learn how our Illinois nursing home abuse lawyers can help with your case.
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