According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 100 nursing facilities expect as many as 200 falls to occur every year, and unfortunately, roughly 1,800 of the elderly residents of nursing homes across the U.S. die due to fall-related injuries. Those who do survive, however, may also be left to deal with injuries that place them in even worse health conditions than prior to their fall.

The CDC recognizes that a nursing home resident who falls is likely to fall again in the future. The majority of all care facility residents are weak and frail, and require assistance in moving about. Falls generally occur because a facility is either unable to provide enough staff to meet the needs of their residents, or does not supervise their residents properly and carefully.

When it comes to nursing home slips, trips and falls, the CDC estimates that 24 percent of all nursing home falls occur due to muscle weakness and residents’ problems with walking. They may also be unsteady on their feet due to dizziness and other side effects of medications they are taking. Environmental hazards may also attribute to falls, such as slippery or wet floors, improper bed height, inadequate or insufficient lighting, and poorly maintained equipment.

Nursing home falls are a serious matter, as they may not only lead to physical injuries such as fractures and broken bones, but may even cause a resident to feel depression or a sense of helplessness.

At Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, we have handled cases involving nursing home neglect and abuse throughout South Florida and the Treasure Coast, and understand that numerous factors can cause nursing home residents to fall. We are skilled at conducting thorough investigations, and can properly determine the cause of your loved one’s suffering and how to best address the situation. If you suspect any form of abuse or neglect in a nursing home or care facility, it is crucial that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

No one should have to deal with substandard care. If the nursing home was negligent in its care of your loved one, we will uncover the truth and ensure that you are compensated fairly and justly for your losses. We will fight aggressively to pursue your claims for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages that you and your family suffer due to the negligence of another.

Contact Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney Today

If a loved one sustains injuries from a fall while at a Florida nursing home, the personal injury lawyers at Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney can help you to uncover the truth. Call us today at 1-800-299-8878 for a free and confidential case evaluation.



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