Miami Nursing Home Falls Lawyer
The older we get, the more prone we are to experience serious injuries that could be debilitating, where they were once something we could brush off. Our loved ones who are in nursing homes are particularly vulnerable because they are often dependent on the nursing home staff who might not always be 100 percent focused on the residents. A simple failure to supervise residents for 5 minutes could lead to a hip fracture.
Nursing Home Abuse
Falls in nursing homes are some of the most common type of injuries, and often some of the most preventable injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) have estimated that approximately 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries. At least 10-20 percent of the individuals who survive a fall will suffer debilitating injuries which are difficult to recover from.
The CDC has further revealed that a nursing home with 100 beds will report between 100-200 falls each year, many of which go unreported. Recurring falls have a devastating impact on nursing home residents, many who fall multiple times and become physically and psychologically afraid to walk.
The most common causes of nursing home falls include:
- Poor lighting
- Muscle weakness
- Wet floors
- Environmental hazards
Nursing home staff are trained to spot potential fall hazards and should be kept on constant alert of their residents who are more susceptible. Approximately 50-75% of all nursing home residents experience a fall each year – a staggering number which is indicative of the inherent hazards in nursing homes and the failure of many nursing homes to recognize and prevent these hazards from occurring.
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Nursing homes should be aware of the staggering figures which the CDC reports each year regarding the number of nursing home fall injuries and the high number of deaths which were the result of falls. Falls to the elderly have a much deeper impact than falls to younger individuals. If your loved one was injured in a nursing home fall, you and your family are entitled to bring a claim against the nursing home for the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Falls have the potential to drastically impact an elderly resident’s life, and could even restrict them to bed rest or wheelchair use for the remainder of their lives. The negligent actions of nursing home staff should not be overlooked in these situations, and should instead be highlighted to prevent this from happening to another resident.
Lipcon & Lipcon | Miami, Florida Accident Attorneys
If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home fall, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Lipcon & Lipcon. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling nursing home abuse claims, including injuries that result from falls. Nursing homes are in place to protect our loved ones from dangerous situations, including falls, and the failure of nursing home staff to adequately supervise the residents could lead to liability. Contact our Miami office today for your initial free consultation.