The possibility that a resident of a nursing home may fall is a very serious danger. Every year approximately 1,800 senior citizens living in nursing homes die from fall-related injuries. To illustrate this point a little further the CDC has compiled numbers that are shocking to say the least. A typical nursing home with 100 beds routinely reports between 100 and 200 falls. Only 5% of adults 65 or older live in a nursing home, but nursing home residents account for about 20% of deaths from falls in this age group. A resident in a nursing home typically falls more than once, with the average resident having about 2.6 falls per year.
A fall in a nursing home can be caused by any number of reasons, but the most common include:
1) muscle weakness and walking problems account for approximately 24% of falls;
2) environmental hazards like wet floors and incorrect bed height cause 16% to 27% of falls; and
3) poorly fitting shoes and improperly used walking aids round out the list.
Falls can be prevented with a combination of treatment, rehabilitation and environmental changes. Nursing homes are required by law to supervise their residents and provide assistive devices to prevent falls from occurring. However, as the statistics make clear, falls continue to be a constant threat to nursing home residents, and sometimes those falls can be attributed to the nursing home’s negligence.
If you believe that you or a loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect contact us. These claims are complicated and challenging, and you need a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer to evaluate your claim. We have seen the pain caused by this form of nursing home neglect and are prepared to answer your questions. So if you or a family member is suffering from a recent fall contact Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr at (814) 946-4100, or go to our website at www.stoehrlaw.com.