In America's population, persons age 65 and older are the fastest growing segment. Even though many elderly people are living healthy and active, as more people reach their 80’s and 90’s, the number of elderly people needing assistance with daily living increases. Many of times an elderly person who needs assistance, will become a resident of a Michigan nursing home so that they are able to get the provided care they need around the clock.
Falls among the elderly are more common, which means the probability of a fall in a Michigan nursing home is quite common. Fall injuries can be be very dangerous, including serious injuries such as broken hips, but even as serious as traumatic brain injuries.
Fall Injury Statistics
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) are caused by a bump or blow to the head and are commonly missed or misdiagnosed among older adults. TBI’s often result in long-term cognitive, emotional, and/or functional impairments. According to an article by Beaumont Health System, 8,000 deaths and 56,000 hospitalizations occurred in 2005 among Americans ages 65 and older due to traumatic brain injuries caused by falls. In addition, TBI’s accounted for 50% of all unintentional fall deaths and 8% of nonfatal fall-related hospitalizations among older adults in 2005. These statistics were found by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when they analyzed data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Vital Statistics System, the Agency of Healthcare Research, and Quality’s Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Some other statistics include:
- 1.8 million older adults were treated in emergency departments and 433,000 of these patients were hospitalized.
- Death rates for fall-related TBI’s were higher among men than women.
- Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and nonfatal injuries for those of ages 65 and older.
- Rates for fall-related TBI hospitalizations were about the same for men and women.
- In 2005, almost 16,000 older adults died from falls.
- One out of three Americans (65 and older) fall.
- Death and hospitalization rates for fall-related TBI’s generally increased with age.
- The majority of people hospitalized with a fall-related TBI spent 2-6 days in the hospital.
- 30% of falls cause injuries requiring medical treatment.
Do You Suffer A Traumatic Brain Injury After a Fall in a Michigan Nursing Home?
Sometimes it is hard to know if you are suffering from a traumatic brain injury after a fall. Some symptoms to pay close attention to after suffering a blow to the head include:
- Cognitive Impairment
- Language and speech impairment
- Memory loss and impairment
- Conduct disorder
- Loss of concentration
- Loss of problem solving skills
- Perception problems
- Sleep disturbance
- Blurred vision
Contact Your Michigan Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
Falls are very common among residents in Michigan nursing homes. A patient who suffers injuries after a fall in a nursing home may have means for nursing home neglect lawsuit if the fall was caused by the negligent act of the nurse or a caregiver. Negligence of a nursing home can also include not enough supervision or environmental hazards such as increased bed height.
If you experience some or all of these symptoms after a fall in a Michigan nursing home you may suffer from a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries are serious and can be life threatening. If you have sustained a fall-related TBI contact one of our experienced nursing home Buckfire lawyers at (800) 606-1717 for a free consultation. The attorneys of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. handle these cases everyday day and represent clients under our NO FEE promise. Call our office now to learn your rights.