According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, approximately one out of three people over the age of 65 falls each year and seriously injure them-self. What is even more alarming is that 75 percent of these individuals reside in nursing homes. While these falls are generally preventable, they often result in serious repercussions for a group of individuals who are already vulnerable.
Injuries Resulting From Falls in Elderly
When any individual endures a hard fall, they will no doubt get injured. However, when an elderly person falls, their already fragile bones may not be able to withstand the fall and the resulting injuries may be life threatening or even lead to death.
Some common injuries associated with these falls include:
- Serious head trauma
- Variety of fractures, including hip and leg fractures
- Broken bones
- Emotional trauma resulting from the fear of falling, leading to helplessness and depression
Falls Are More Prevalent in Nursing Homes
Unfortunately the majority of injuries resulting from preventable falls in the elderly occur in nursing home. It may be argued that nursing home residents are generally in poorer health and more frail than others in the same age group. However, despite these reasons, the majority of falls are preventable if the nursing home caretakers are more proactive in fall prevention techniques.
If you or a loved one has fallen in a nursing home as a result of the negligent or careless actions of a caretaker, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. You should consult with an Irvine nursing home attorney to determine whether you are entitled to damages.
Contact an Experienced Attorney Today
For more information about a preventable fall in a nursing home and whether you or a loved one is entitled to money damages, you should contact the experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Same Habbas at 1-888-848-5084. Our Irvine nursing home attorneys are dedicated to getting you the full compensation that you deserve.