Injuries From Falls In Nursing Homes in Spartanburg and Greenville, S.C.
Nursing homes and similar residential care facilities have a legal duty to protect the health and well-being of residents. Yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that between half and three-quarters of nursing home residents fall each year – twice as often as older adults living in the community.
Falls among the elderly and infirm often lead to such injuries as hip fractures and other broken bones as well as traumatic brain injury (TBI). About 1,800 people living in nursing homes die each year from falls, the CDC says.
Many injuries from falls in nursing homes could be prevented if facility staff and management provided appropriate care to patients. Nursing homes should have systems in place to identify, monitor and assist residents at risk of falling.
The nursing home injury attorneys at Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can investigate if your loved one has been injured or died from a fall at a nursing home in Spartanburg, Greenville or elsewhere in Upstate South Carolina.
If the nursing home’s negligence allowed your family member to fall, our lawyers can seek to hold the facility responsible and obtain just compensation for your losses. Contact us today for a free meeting to discuss your case.
The Need to Prevent Falls in Nursing Homes
Nursing home residents and other elderly adults who survive a fall frequently sustain injuries that result in permanent disability and reduced quality of life, according to the CDC. Those who fall once may become afraid of falling again, which causes additional loss of function, depression, feelings of helplessness and social isolation.
But there is a valid reason for this fear. The CDC says nursing home residents fall an average of more than two and a half times a year.
Among the most common and potentially damaging fall injuries suffered in nursing homes are:
- Broken hips – Fractured hips typically require surgery and hospitalization followed by extensive rehabilitation. Surgery may include implantation of an artificial hip or partial hip. One out of five hip fracture patients dies within a year of their injury, according to the CDC.
- Head injuries –More than two-thirds (81 percent) of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in adults ages 65 and older are caused by falls, according to the CDC. TBIs are caused by any blow to the head. The injury can lead to concussion or more serious injury resulting in loss of cognitive ability (thought, memory and expression). Among deaths related to TBI, falls were the leading cause for those ages 65 years old or older, the CDC says.
The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says say proven fall prevention techniques could reduce the number of falling accidents and injuries in nursing homes and similar long-term care facilities by about one third (33 percent).
Fall prevention requires an interdisciplinary approach developed through training, communication, cooperation and caring across the nursing home staff, the AHRQ says. In addition, each nursing home resident should have an individualized care and treatment plan set down in writing. It should identify a fall risk if it exists, along with plans to mitigate the possibility of a fall and subsequent injury.
Contact an Upstate South Carolina Nursing Home Fall Injury Lawyer
The attorneys of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can investigate a fall injury suffered by your loved one in an Upstate South Carolina nursing home to determine whether negligence played a role in the accident.
Where evidence indicates that the nursing home should be held liable for its failure to ensure a resident’s safety, we will not hesitate to seek the compensation you are due for medical care necessitated by the fall and other damages.
Please contact us today to set up a legal consultation about your case.