Florida Nursing Home Fall Lawyers
Holding Facilities Responsible for Preventable Accidents and Injuries
Falls are a common and reoccurring problem among nursing home residents. According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between one half and three-quarters of nursing home residents fall each year, with approximately 1,800 elderly patients dying from fall-related injuries annually. Residents who survive falls frequently suffer head injuries and hip fractures that result in permanent disability. Moreover, patients in these facilities often fall multiple times, with reports finding that the average resident suffers 2.6 falls per year.
While fall accidents and injuries may be a common occurrence in nursing homes and other types of long term care living environments, The Florida Law Group knows that oftentimes these incidents could have been prevented if the facility had taken appropriate measures to safeguard their patients. When a nursing home resident suffers serious injuries in a fall, we take aggressive action to protect the rights of the victim and his or her family. Our Florida nursing home fall lawyers handle resident abuse and neglect cases involving serious injuries, fractures and death. We appreciate just how tragic these cases can be and we take aggressive action to hold facilities accountable when a preventable fall occurs.
What are Some of the Most Common Causes of Resident Falls in Nursing Home Facilities?
Individuals living in nursing homes are susceptible to falls because they are generally older and frailer than elderly adults living in the general community. The CDC explains that these individuals tend to suffer from multiple problematic health conditions, along with memory and thought problems and other general difficulties performing necessary day-to-day activities. While these and many other factors can contribute to falls and injuries, the CDC research revealed that some of the most common causes of resident falls in nursing homes include:
- Problems with walking and muscle weakness
- Dizziness and other side effects associated with medications
- Poor foot care and poorly fitting shoes
- Improper or incorrect use of walking aids
- Wet or slippery floors
- Poor lighting
- Improper bed height
- Wheelchairs that are improperly fitted or maintained
- Other environmental hazards
While some falls are unavoidable, caregivers must take appropriate steps to prevent falling accidents and injuries among their residents. In situations where a resident has been assessed as a high risk for falls, the staff should take appropriate precautions and carefully monitor the patient at all times to prevent falls. If the nursing home facility and staff fail to provide the proper care and attention, resulting in an injured resident from a preventable fall, the nursing home and staff can be held legally accountable for their negligence.
A Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Attorney Can Help
At The Florida Law Group, our attorneys handle nursing home fall cases involving all types of serious injuries, including wrongful death. We have experienced injury lawyers who will do everything we can to help you and your loved one recover full and fair compensation for the harms you have suffered. Give us a call today at 833-352-5297 to schedule a free case evaluation with our Florida nursing home fall lawyers.