According to data collected by the Centers of Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), more than one out of four people aged 65 and over falls each year. Falling once doubles someone’s chances of falling again, increasing their chance of injury even further.
We understand the serious nature of falls at Frost & Beck, P.C. when it comes to seniors, especially if negligence or abuse is involved in a fall accident. If you have a loved one in the care of a nursing home and they have been injured in a fall that could have been prevented, get in touch with our Denver nursing home fall lawyers today.
Falls are very serious accidents, especially when it comes to individuals over the age of 65. The CDC reports that over 3 million elderly people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries annually. These falls often result in hip fractures of head injuries—in fact, falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Falls may also result in the following injuries:
An unwitnessed fall in a nursing home can be even more dangerous because it means that the patient must lay where they have fallen, in serious pain and fear, until someone finds them. At times, falls like this can even be fatal.
Many factors can cause a person to fall, including:
Ways in which an elder care provider may have failed at their duty to keep their patients safe include:
While protocol may vary from one nursing home to the next, in general, most nursing homes are required to report falls or other similar incidents to the patient's family. They are also required to provide a proper evaluation and treatment for the patient following their fall.
Nursing homes have a legal obligation to protect and care for their patients. Therefore, a fall that could have been avoided is generally the fault of the nursing home where it occurred—however, it is important to note that not every fall is preventable.
When establishing liability, you must prove three things:
A contract will usually reveal details about how the nursing home facility and employees were obligated to treat and care for your loved one. Other evidence to collect which may help with you case includes photographs of your loved one’s injuries and the scene of their accident.
Our nursing home fall lawyers in Denver can help you collect evidence to suppose your case as well as represent you and your loved one during settlement negotiation or court, if necessary.