Our Michigan nursing home fall and injury attorneys often handle cases involving fall injuries to nursing home residents. Falls are very common among residents in nursing homes and can cause serious injuries and death among the victims. Falls are most prevalent in elderly patients residing in nursing homes, and about 10% to 25% of falls result in hospital admission or fractures.
Falls among nursing home residents occur frequently and repeatedly. About 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries and those who survive falls frequently sustain hip fractures and head injuries that result in permanent disability and reduced quality of life. Fear of falling can cause further loss of function, depression, feelings of helplessness, and social isolation.
Why Do Resident Falls Occur So Frequently in Nursing Homes?
Falling can be a sign of other health problems. People in nursing homes are generally frailer than older adults able to live independently. Nursing home patients are usually older, have more chronic conditions, and have more difficulty walking. They also tend to have memory problems, to have difficulty with activities of daily living, and to need help getting around or taking care of themselves. All of these factors can increase the risk of falling in elderly residents.
Most Common Causes of Nursing Home Falls
- Muscle weakness and walking or gait problems are the most common causes of falls among nursing home residents. These problems account for about 24% of the falls in nursing homes.
- Environmental hazards in nursing homes cause 16% to 27% of falls among residents.
- Such hazards include wet floors, poor lighting, incorrect bed height, and improperly fitted or maintained wheelchairs.
- Medications can increase the risk of falls and fall-related injuries. Drugs that affect the central nervous system, such as sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs are of particular concern.
- Other causes of falls include difficulty in moving from one place to another (for example, from the bed to a chair), poor foot care, poorly fitting shoes, and improper or incorrect use of walking aids.
Legal Rights After A Michigan Nursing Home Fall Injury
Individuals who suffer injuries due to a fall in a nursing home do have legal rights. Many of times, the fall is caused due to the negligent care of the nurse or caregiver, not enough supervision, or environmental hazards such as incorrect bed height. If the resident falls due to those circumstances or any other negligent act from a nurse or caregiver in a Michigan nursing home, it can give rise to a Michigan nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit.
Contact a Michigan Nursing Home Fall and Injury Attorney
If your loved one suffered from a fall at a nursing home, you should contact our office immediately! After a fall accident in a nursing home, we will investigate the cause of the accident. These injuries are often not well-documented and it is necessary to do a full investigation, especially because the person does not always have the ability to remember or describe the incident. An injured person may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries in a fall if the fall took place in a nursing home and the nursing home failed to take proper preventative fall measures. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan nursing home fall and injury attorneys about your case.