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When Nursing Home Neglect Causes Slip and Falls

Nursing homes are tasked with keeping our most vulnerable citizens safe. This means doing everything in their power to prevent nursing home abuse or neglect.

Sometimes, they don't do enough. For example, many residents are injured every day from slip and falls or trip and falls at their nursing homes.

Falls are the second cause of accidental death for individuals between 65 and 84 years of age and the leading cause for those 85 and older. Not only do falls occur more frequently to the elderly population, but older individuals are also more vulnerable to serious injuries from falls, including broken bones, hip injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 16,000 elderly individuals die each year as a result of falls and many more are seriously injured.

In nursing homes, more than 60 percent of residents will fall at some point. This statistic is not surprising given the number of falls that occur. For that reason, nursing homes are quick to blame the frailty of their residents and slow to accept responsibility when their actions cause a slip and fall or trip and fall.

But what if the nursing home was responsible? Nursing homes can cause falls by:

  • Failing to dry wet floors
  • Following improper procedure for transferring a resident (such as from bed to wheelchair)
  • Installing poor lighting
  • Not maintaining bed rails or wheelchairs
  • Failing to fix holes and other flaws on the property grounds

Repetitive falls are also very common, caused by many of the same issues listed above.

If your elderly relative was injured in a slip and fall accident and you believe that accident was caused by a nursing home's negligence, you may be able to hold the nursing home accountable through a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: National Floor Safety Institute, "Same-Level Slip-and-Fall Statistics."

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