Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. nursing home attorneys recently obtained a settlement in a case involving an eighty-five year old resident whose death was result from injuries related to a fall at the Bloomfield Hills facility she was residing at. The lawsuit was filed in the Oakland County Circuit Court and alleged that the nursing staff was negligent for failing to properly supervise the resident and take necessary measures to prevent the fall. We sought payment against the home for pain and suffering to our client from the time of the accident until her death.
Our client was determined as an at-risk patient for falling. This is because before being admitted to the Bloomfield Hills home, she had suffered serious orthopedic injuries in a prior fall at another facility. Due to this factor, once admitted she was placed under a precautionary plan to prevent such instances from taking place. However, even with this plan implemented by the staff, she fell in her room and near her bed multiple times. The most serious fall occurred about three months after admittance. A staff member found our client on the floor in her room. She suffered a head injury that required an emergency craniotomy at a local hospital and a fractured hip that required surgery. Unfortunately, her condition continued to deteriorate after the hip surgery and she passed away.
Nursing Home Fall Injury Statistics
The number of falls for elderly people in nursing homes is significant and the injuries from those accidents are often severe and can sometimes cause wrongful deaths. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, about 1,800 elderly people living in a nursing home die from fall-related injuries. Other statistics on nursing home tailored by CDC include:
- About 5% of adults 65 and older live in nursing home, but nursing home residents account for about 20% of deaths from falls in this age group.
- Each year, a typical nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls. Many go unreported.
- About 10% to 20% of nursing home falls cause serious injuries; 2% to 6% cause fractures.
- As many as 3 out of 4 nursing home residents fall each year. That’s twice the rate for older adults living in the community.
Get Help After Fall in Nursing Home
At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. our award winning attorney actively pursue lawsuits against nursing homes on behalf of residents and their families. Falls is one of the most common signs of nursing home neglect. It is important that family members who have a loved one at a home understand that when an accident such as that take place due to lack of staff members or negligent care, it is considered nursing home neglect and gives rise to lawsuit. Filing this type of claim not only helps compensate for the resident’s pain and suffering, but can also serve as a warning sign to the facility so that similar accidents do not take place. If you or someone you know has suffered a broken hip, head injury or any other type of injury from a fall in a Michigan nursing home, call today at (800) 606-1717 to discuss you case. We offer a free, no obligation case review and represent our clients under a No Win No Fee Promise, which means there are no legal fees or costs until your claim is won.