Can my family hold the nursing home accountable for a fall that was most likely preventable?

My grandfather had a bad stroke 3 months ago and has sense been put in a nursing home. He has little to no functionality of his left side and this morning he fell out of bed trying to reach for food that was placed out of his reach. The fall resulted in a visit to the emergency room and we’re still waiting to hear if there were any significant injuries. Can the nursing home be held accountable for his fall? I don’t believe proper precautions were taken to prevent him from falling. There were no floor mats placed by his bed to cushion a fall and no bed rails to keep him secure in his bed.

Asked on March 11, 2012 under Malpractice Law, North Carolina


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