It was reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that in 2017 there were over 37,000 fatal injuries resulting from falls throughout the United States. In the same year there were over 8.6 million non-fatal injuries resulting from fall injuries.
Falling is sometimes an unavoidable occurrence among the elderly, but in a nursing home or senior care facility it is usually avoidable and preventable. A well-run, effective nursing home should be able to prevent the majority of falls with proper attention and care. The Clinesmith Law Firm is experienced in nursing home negligence cases involving falls and works hard to bring justice to those who have suffered from negligent care.
There are a few different types of falls that can occur in a nursing home environment that are considered negligence.
These falls include:
Each type of fall is preventable with the proper treatment and care being provided by the nursing home staff. In the United States, nursing homes are required to screen every patient in their home and assess them for their fall-risk. However, these assessments are not always properly done and can lead to dangerous consequences if a fall occurs.
If you notice there are bruises, cuts or abrasions on a loved one or that they are developing a fear of getting up and moving around, falling may be the issue. Nursing home negligence often occurs with some of the most vulnerable of the elderly who have memory issues, physical limitations and more.
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