A fire chief at the scene of the tragic fire at a Quebec City nursing home called it “a night of hell.” Ten people have been confirmed killed in the flames, and twenty residents remain unaccounted for. With freezing temperatures and sub-zero wind chills, the odds of finding anyone else alive in the frozen remains are slim at best.
Many of the 32 residents believed to have been killed were unable to walk on their own, requiring wheelchairs and extensive assistance in transportation. While no specific information is likely to be released, nursing home falls often lead to residents losing their independence of movement.
Nursing homes are required to regularly conduct full evaluations of every nursing home resident to determine the likelihood of a nursing home fall. Unlike many slip-and-fall accidents, a nursing home fall usually both predictable and avoidable. Well known interventions like non-slip footwear, extra-low beds, and gait belts are written into the report.
if you have a loved one in an Illinois nursing home, it’s important to regularly update yourself on the nursing home falls risk assessment and the interventions that have been put in place to prevent a nursing home fall. During visits, you should make certain that those interventions and recommendations are being followed.
At my law offices, we have the experience and expertise to manage every aspect of your nursing home fall lawsuit, and we would welcome the opportunity to speak to you. At the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, we never charge any fee unless we earn a recovery for you.