Falls in Nursing Homes

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Falls by nursing home residents are an unfortunate and common occurrence in these facilities. It is a well-known fact that the elderly often suffer from coordination and balance impairments as they age. Their physical frailty and other deteriorating health conditions put them at a much higher risk for falls than the rest of the population.

This factor needs to be taken into considerable by nursing home facilities and their staff members when caring for these vulnerable and fragile individuals. Where a nursing home has been negligent in its duty of care towards a resident which results in an injurious or even fatal fall, a personal injury or wrongful death claim may be justified.

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Nursing Home Neglect in the Form of Falls by Residents

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nursing home falls are quite common. These falls occur every year 100 to 200 times in a typical facility with 100 beds. The percentage of nursing home residents who fall annually ranges from half to three-quarters. Approximately 1,800 elderly nursing home residents die from these falls. Those who don't die often sustain hip fractures or head injuries which can lead to permanent disability and other medical problems. Elderly nursing home residents often fall more than once in a year. A surprising statistic on nursing home falls issued by the CDC revealed that 35 percent of all falls are sustained by residents who can't walk.

Falls in nursing homes can occur due to various reasons, including:

  • safety hazards within the facility such as inadequate lighting, slippery floors, improperly adjusted beds or wheelchairs
  • nursing home resident's physical problems from muscle weakness or medication effects
  • nursing home staff injuring the patient while carrying or using a hoyer lift

Especially in cases where medication dosages or types of drugs are changed, the elderly must be monitored carefully so as to prevent unnecessary falls and injuries.

Falls While Using A Hoyer Lift

A large majority of nursing homes use hoyer lifts, which resemble a sling, to lift patients from wheelchair to bed. Unfortunately, improper usage of a lift can lead to serious injury and sometimes even death. The nursing home staff is responsible for knowing how to properly use the lift and move the patient safely. Any injury incurred from a staff's negligent use of the equipment should be properly compensated.

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If your elderly family member has been injured or has died in a preventable fall in a nursing home, you should contact a Topeka nursing home abuse lawyer at our firm as soon as possible. Let us review your case in a free consultation to determine your legal options and the best way to proceed for optimum case results.

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