$125,000 for fractured hip of 86-year old at Ferncliff Nursing Home

Posted on May 21, 2010
On April 22, 2010, our client, the executor of the Estate of her father's Estate, settled her lawsuit for $125,000 arising from the fractured hip of her 86-year old father while a resident at the Ferncliff Nursing  ome in Dutchess County.

The decedent had a history of prior falls before his admission to the Ferncliff Nursing Home and after his admission to the nursing home and he suffered from confusion and dementia.  The nursing home did not take appropriate precautions to prevent a fall despite assessing the decedent as high risk for a fall.

The decedent fell while left alone in his room in the middle of the afternoon and he underwent an open reduction internal fixation operation to surgically repair his fractured femur.  The decedent was in and out of the hospital after the operation and died three months later of unrelated causes.

The plaintiff contended that the decedent's fall would not have occurred if the Ferncliff Nursing Home had taken precautions to prevent the fall, as required by its own protocols.