Our Michigan nursing home negligence lawyers file lawsuits for residents who suffer serious injuries due to a fall in nursing homes and skilled nursing care facilities. Many residents are fall risks due to a number of factors. The nursing staff must properly assess a patient for a fall risk and then implement a plan to prevent a fall. The failure to do these things can give rise to a nursing home lawsuit.
Why Are Falls In Nursing Homes So Common?
Falls in nursing homes are common because people in nursing homes are generally older, have more chronic conditions, and have difficulty walking compared to other older adults living in the community. Additionally, nursing home residents also tend to have problems with thinking or memory, or have difficulty with the tasks of daily life causing the percentage of nursing home falls to be large.
Nursing Home Fall Injuries Statistics
The number of resident falls 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 falls 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 falls 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 of falls for older adults living in the community.
Common Causes of Nursing Home Falls
There are certain situations and circumstances that create a higher risk for a nursing home resident to fall. These include:
- Muscle weakness
- Gait or balance problems
- Environmental hazards (i.e., wet floors, poor lighting, incorrect bed height)
- Medication intakes
- Difficulty moving from one place to another
- Confusion, disorientation, and inability to follow commands
- History of prior falls
- Falls during a transfer from bed to wheelchair and vice-versa
- Residents dropped by staff and from Hoyer Lifts
Failure to Prevent Nursing Home Resident Falls
The nursing home is responsible for determining if a resident is a fall risk. A Fall Risk Assessment should be performed at the time of admission and updated frequently during the stay. Every resident should have an individualized Fall Risk Plan with measures in place to reduce the likelihood of a fall. This includes the use of side rails, lap belts, bed and chair alarms, one to one sitters, low beds, and floor mats next to a bed to minimize the risk of injury in the event of a fall.
Legal Rights After A Michigan Nursing Home Fall Injury
Residents 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 or the failure of the facility to have a proper fall prevention plan in place.
Nursing home fall lawsuits hold the facility accountable for the harm suffered by the resident. Common reasons for a fall include an inadequate care plan, not enough staffing or supervision, and the lack of safety measures in place to prevent a fall. When a resident falls due to the negligence of the staff or facility, it can give rise to a Michigan nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit.
In cases involving death from a fall or drop, we file a wrongful death lawsuit for the surviving family members. These cases seek settlements for the pain and suffering caused by the fall and the loss of companionship of the loved one. Funeral and medical expenses are also part of the compensation available in the case.
Our No Fee Promise For Michigan Nursing Home Fall Injury Cases
If you or someone you care about suffered a fall injury in a nursing home, we will represent you in your Michigan under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You will have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact a Michigan Nursing Home Fall Injury Lawyer
Call our Michigan nursing home law firm now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your case. We will get the nursing home chart and other medical records and review them to see if you have a case. If you have a case, we will file a lawsuit immediately to win the best possible settlement.