Nursing Home Falls
Even accidental falls can be deadly.
Approximately 1,800 adults living in nursing care facilities die each year from injuries related to falling, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Florida Health Care Association estimates that there are 73,000 residents residing in nursing homes across the state, and by 2026, the number of people living in Florida who are older than 65 will increase to 71.5 million. These statistics show that a large proportion of Florida residents are likely to reside in a nursing care facility at some point in their lives, and during this time they are a great risk of injury due to falling.
Gainesville Attorneys for Nursing Home Victims
At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., located in Gainesville, we take great pride in caring for the elderly residents of Florida. It pains us to see the outcome a family must suffer through when a nursing home patient is seriously injured due to a fall. That’s why our personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to fighting for victims’ rights and the compensation our clients deserve. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries from falling in a nursing home facility, contact our attorneys right away. We will help investigate the incident to uncover whether the fall was caused by negligence or abuse.
Causes for Nursing Home Falls
As we age, our muscle tissue and mass break down and our bones become more brittle. It can be much more difficult for an elderly person to perform simple tasks like rising out of bed, walking down a hall or even using the bathroom. The CDC sites weakened muscles and issues with walking as the leading causes for falls among the elderly living in nursing homes. And while weakened muscles could cause a fall, a frail patient would not be able to catch his or her body to keep from being injured. The impact of a fall can easily result in broken bones, gashes and painful bruising, not to mention decreased functionality, depression, feelings of helplessness and isolation.
Aside from weakness that can occur from natural aging, elderly residents often have medical conditions that can make moving around and walking more difficult. The most common issue is that a majority of medication can make a patient dizzy, drowsy or incoherent. Some patients with more serious mental health conditions may not remember that they are at a risk of falling, leading them to attempt activities they would normally avoid.
In an environment such as a nursing home, where falling is so prevalent, it’s important that the facility’s staff keep hallways and patient rooms clear of hazards. This could include wet or slippery floors, garbage and debris, or medical equipment and cords, and poor lighting. Environmental hazards in nursing care facilities account for up to 27% of falls, according to the CDC.
Additional Facts About Nursing Home Falls:
- Between 50% and 75% of nursing home residents fall every year.
- Many falls that occur in nursing homes go unreported.
- Patients often fall more than once, and the CDC estimates each patient may fall 2.6 times each year.
- Between 10% and 20% of nursing home falls cause serious injuries.
Filing a Nursing Home Fall Lawsuit
Nursing homes have a responsibility to keep patients safe, secure and healthy. When a staff member or facility violates this responsibility, it’s time to contact an attorney with experience in nursing home litigation.
Injuries that result from a fall caused by environmental hazards could have been avoided. Whether a spill wasn’t cleaned up in a reasonable amount of time, or a staff member failed to act promptly in preventing a fall, we can help you receive compensation for your pain and injuries. If a loved one has fallen while staying at a nursing home, it’s important that you contact a lawyer quickly. There are statutes of limitations on some nursing home abuse and neglect claims, which can affect the outcome of your claim.
Don’t let your loved ones become another statistic. Contact Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., to file a medical malpractice or nursing home abuse claim. Your loved ones deserve the care and attention they need in a safe environment, and our attorneys can help them receive compensation for injuries sustained in a nursing home. Unsafe conditions in a medical facility cannot be allowed to continue.