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Injuries from Falls in a Nursing Home

Attorneys Who Know Injury from Falls in New Jersey Nursing Homes Are Often Signs of Neglect

Our lawyer-doctor protects the rights of NJ’s most vulnerable residents

Seniors are often more at risk of falling. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three adults older than 64 falls each year, making falls the leading cause of injuries and deaths in this age group. For many families, this increased danger is one of the primary reasons they sought help with day-to-day activities for their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings or other relatives. Sadly, for many families, the nursing home to which they entrusted their loved ones let them down.

Seigel Law opened our practice in 1976 with the sole mission of helping injury victims in Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. Our primary objective is to make sure your loved one is safe and getting the medical attention needed. Next, we aggressively pursue compensation from the nursing home, staff, doctors and nurses who are responsible for protecting your loved one from nursing home injuries.

Fall prevention in nursing homes

Assisted living facilities have an affirmative duty to take fall prevention measures, which might include:

  • Assessing patients for fall risk factors
  • Treating underlying conditions that cause dizziness, weakness or imbalance
  • Monitoring patients on medications that could contribute to fall risks
  • Putting in such mobility aids as grab bars, handrails, raised toilet seats and lowered beds
  • Developing exercise programs designed to increase strength, coordination and balance
  • Educating residents and staff about fall prevention techniques

Physical and chemical restraints are not only unethical, but also unlawful. Take immediate action if your loved one is routinely restrained to beds or chairs or given sedative medications to reduce the risk of wandering.

Signs of nursing home falls

Despite every precaution, accidents sometimes happen. However, nursing home falls should be a rare exception. In reality, they are not. One fall usually reflects a pattern of neglect.

You can protect your loved one from falls by staying vigilant and taking action if you see such common signs as:

  • Fractures
  • Bruises
  • Head injuries
  • Herniated disks and other spinal damages
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Unreasonable fear of falling

Keep in mind that these signs can also indicate assault at the nursing home.

Take action to protect your loved one’s rights

Seigel Law is dedicated to protecting your loved one’s rights. Call our medical malpractice law firm at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation with our lawyer-doctor at our Ridgewood-based office, in your home or at the nursing home facility in northern New Jersey. Through our contingency arrangement, you are not responsible for paying attorney fees unless we recover damages on your claim.

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    By Teresa R Perez - January, 2018

    I have had a great experience thus far. The personal injury process is stressful and they have been helpful and courteous in getting me the right referrals. I was injured while visiting NJ and live in another state, my case is not an easy one but they are working diligently to help. I appreciate the personalized attention and highly recommend this firm.

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    By Miriam Smith-Leone - December, 2017

    The law office was great with my back and neck injury. They directed me to the right doctors and got me a huge settlement. Being a single mom, it help pay off all my debt and bills. Me and my kids can have a bill free christmas, with plenty of food and happiness, stress free. They are the best ever and I would highly recommend them to anyone rich or poor, who has been in an accident and need legal help...

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    By L C - October, 2017

    After the misfortune of suffering an injury, I had the good fortune to choose Seigel Law to represent me. During my initial meeting with Jan Seigel, I found him to be extremely confident and reassuring---he totally put me at ease. I was represented by Mark Mc Bratney---an EXCELLENT attorney. He was supportive and professional through the entire process, and provided an excellent outcome for my case.

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    By Liliana Paredes - October, 2017

    Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth Jonas Siegel will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Jonas has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness, but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his clients. I defenetly recoment this law firm. Thanks for helping me out in my case.

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    By Oren Goldshmidt - September, 2017

    I'd like to thank everyone at segal law for the amazing experience they provided me. From the moment I stepped in to the end of the case , segal and his team delivered exactly what they promised. I couldn't have received any better treatment from a law firm. Any concerns, questions or problems I had were addressed and dealt with accordingly...

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What we offer our clients


Personal injury and medical knowledge

Our knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers includes a medical doctor who advises on complex medical topics


One-on-one attorney attention

By maintaining a limited number of cases, our attorneys can provide personalized attention to each client we serve


Results-oriented strategies

Our lawyers have won numerous high verdicts and settlements, many in the high six- and seven-figure range, for our injured clients


Trial experience

Every trial attorney in our firm is a certified trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court


Communication as a priority

We understand how important communication is to a successful attorney-client relationship, we return calls within 24 hours


Community involvement

Our lawyers and staff are active in community outreach and community service programs

  • "The lawyers at Seigel Law know how to get you the results you want. Jan Seigel and His team returned every one of my phone calls, listened to me and worked with me to a desirable outcome. Seigel Law definitely goes above and beyond to protect the injured." - B.M.

  • "After my car accident, my life turned into a disaster. Dealing with everything became impossible. Jan Seigel and his people helped me with every aspect of my injuries and the insurance companies so I could focus on healing. They helped me through everything and they got me what I was due." - M.P.

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