When you place a family member in a Michigan nursing home or extended care facility you place your trust in that nursing home to protect and care for your loved one, hoping they provide a safe environment. However, that may not always be the case. 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. In Michigan, the amount of fatalities total 350-400 seniors each year.
In 2002, falls were the cause of 80 percent of hospitalizations due to injury. 13 percent of Michigan’s seniors admit to falling within the last month. Research has shown that approximately 2/3 of all fall injuries in a Michigan nursing home are preventable. These statistics are scary, nonetheless something needs to be done.
Some of the most common risk factors of failling a Michigan nursing facility include:
- Postural hypotension
- Vision impaired
- Hearing impaired
- Nutrition and hydration
- Memory loss
- Balance difficulties
- Cognitive and attention issues
- Home surroundings
- Medication Use
- Lack of health professional’s knowledge
Nursing home neglect and abuse cases are considered medical malpractice cases. In order to have a nursing home neglect case one must be able to prove a care provider or facility was negligent, and their negligence lead directly to your injury. The process is very complex and requires an experienced nursing home neglect lawyer.
Our team of nursing home neglect lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represents families throughout the State of Michigan with a state-wide reputation for excellent preparation that results in successful cases. Contact our personal injury law firm for more information at (800) 606-1717 about falls in nursing homes and how to tell if a facility is as safe as it needs to be.