Falls Are a Frequent Cause of Nursing Home Injury
The statistics are staggering—
- More than half of all nursing home patients in America suffer a fall each year, and the average nursing home resident falls nearly three times a year.
- For elder Americans, death from falls accounts for about one in every five fatalities.
- About one in three nursing home patients injured in falls are bed-bound.
- Approximately 5% of nursing home residents who suffer a fall end up with broken bones.
Common Causes of Nursing Home Falls
Many factors can lead to a fall by a nursing home resident:
- Many seniors lose muscle strength and have difficulty walking without assistance yet are allowed to move around unsupervised. Falls caused by muscle weakness account for about one of every four nursing home falls.
- Hallways and other areas in nursing homes are usually full of equipment that can potentially lead to a fall, including wheelchairs, food carts, and other devices.
- Environmental hazards contribute to conditions that cause falls. These can involve bad lighting, wet or slippery floors, wheelchair issues, and beds that either are too high or lack proper restraints.
- Medications that affect balance or make residents sleepy or listless can lead to falls.
- Lack of supervision, failure to properly install restraints, and carelessness in maintaining or setting up walkers all may increase the risk of a fall.
Contact the Law Office of Howard D. Popper
For a free initial consultation to discuss any personal injury claim, contact our office online or call 973-993-8787 to set up an appointment. We have offices in Morristown and Newton, but also can meet with you in your home or the hospital.
We handle all medical malpractice claims on a contingency basis. You won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover damages for your losses.