When Is A Fall Considered Medical Negligence?

The injuries resulting from a slip-and-fall accident can be dangerous in any setting. From slipping on a wet spot in your corner grocery store to tripping over a section of broken sidewalk, an individual can tear ligaments and break bones. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for individuals to fall while under the care of a physician or emergency room nurse. If you have fallen in a hospital or healthcare facility, can this be considered medical negligence?

Could sub-standard care have led to the fall? Was a missed diagnosis to blame? Are there certain elements that might point to medical negligence rather than simple carelessness?

In general, there are three situations which might result in a patient falling in a medical facility that could ultimately be construed as doctor negligence:

  • Polypharmacy: In an effort to alleviate various conditions, medical professionals might prescribe different medications aimed at different symptoms. This is referred to as polypharmacy. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for these medications to interact with each other and result in a loss of balance unfortunately making the patient unsteady on his or her feet.
  • Failure to diagnose or the misdiagnosis of a condition: There are numerous afflictions that can lead to motor-coordination challenges and the increasing loss of balance. If a doctor fails to realize that a patient has suffered a stroke, for example, the patient might be struggling with confusion and limited mobility. Additionally, a patient left in bed without safety rails might fall due to the lack of proper restraint.
  • Failure to properly assess risk: Being able to properly assess a patient’s risk factors is key to ensuring safety - - no matter if you are in a hospital, urgent care center, emergency room or other medical facility. Medical professionals must note patient complaints such as dizziness as well as the possibility of dehydration when acting to prevent serious falls.

When a doctor or other care provider has given treatment or failed to recognize a dangerous condition that led to a fall, that medical profession might be liable for damages. These can be confusing cases, however, with complex scenarios. It is wise to discuss your medical negligence questions with a skilled attorney who can provide the legal advice and guidance you need.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Email Our Experienced Attorneys

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Saddle Brook Office
Park 80 West – Plaza One
250 Pehle Avenue, Suite 401
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

Phone: 201-429-7892
Fax: 201-291-9428
Saddle Brook Law Office Map

New York Office
291 Broadway
6th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 201-429-7892
Phone: 212-421-5500
Fax: 201-291-9428
Map & Directions