As you or your loved ones get older, they are more likely to become a fall risk due to instability, difficulty ambulating, degeneration of strength, and other issues. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevent (“CDC”), more than one out of four people over 65 years of age falls each year.
The CDC’s studies and research concluded the following regarding falls in older people:
- 20% of falls cause serious injury
- Annually, approximately 3 million older people treat for falls in emergency departments
- Over 800,000 patients are hospitalized annually due to fall injuries
- Most fall injuries results in a head injury or hip fracture
- At least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures each year
- More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling – usually by falling sideways
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries
It is clear that falls are dangerous for people over 65 years of age. That is why choosing a nursing home for you or your loved ones who are within that age group is an extremely important decision.
If a patient enters a nursing home and is a known fall risk, they should be reasonably and carefully monitored to ensure they are not left alone, have proper support while ambulating, and have the correct level of attention if a fall does occur. Many times, nursing home staffs are overworked, understaffed, and cannot provide the essential and important care and attention you or your loved ones deserve. This lack of oversight, especially with patients who are known fall risks, can result in the patient falling and potentially being injured and unattended to for a significant amount of time. Many of these falls are preventable with the proper fall prevention programs and measures in place. However, if the nursing home is negligent and fails to implement adequate measures, then you or your loved ones may be at a greater risk of falling and injury.
If you or your loved one have been injured or died after a fall while a patient of a nursing home, the attorneys at Tetzel Law may be able to help you.
At Tetzel Law, LLC, our attorneys are experienced in nursing home abuse cases and handle nursing home fall cases that involve serious injuries and death. Please call us today for a free consultation. We have offices in Boston and Worcester and will set up a consultation free of charge. Reach us today by contacting us through our online form, or at (617) 933-3858.