A common occurrence in nursing homes is patient falls. Each year the average nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 – 200 falls and the actual number is much higher because many falls are not reported. Nursing home residents are twice as likely to fall as their counterparts who live in the Tennessee community. These injuries have serious consequences including bone fractures, disabilities and other injuries. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1800 nursing home residents pass away each year due to falls.
Injuries Resulting from Elderly Falls
When an elderly person falls, it likely results in the inability of the senior to move around on his/her own anymore. This loss of independence may lead to depression resulting in loss of hope and sometimes the will to live. Therefore, even if the injuries from the fall do not cause death, there may be other lasting impacts. Also, the person may lose further mobility because of the fear of an additional fall. So often, we take for granted the ability to get up out of a chair and walk across the room. Imagine if you could no longer go sit by the window when you wanted to and had to wait for assistance.
Other Lasting Impacts of Assisted Living/Nursing Home Falls
Nursing home and assisted living residents frequently have resulting muscle weakness and problems walking. If the assisted living facility is not properly staffed, there may have been no one around to assist with a fall. Also, some medications affect the central nervous system and make falls more likely. If the staff is properly trained and educated, then they know which residents need more supervision and attention than others.
Neglect Cases Resulting from Elderly Falls
If you suspect your loved one may have not been properly protected from a fall in the Nashville, TN area, or did not receive the required attention after the fall, it is likely that an injustice has been done.
Please contact Joe Dughman & Associates, Attorney at Law, so our firm can take care of you and your loved one properly and see that justice is done. Remember, at our law firm, there is no fee without recovery.
Joe Dughman & Associates
3817 Bedford Ave, Ste 220 Nashville, TN 37215