According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, an estimated three million seniors will reside in nursing homes by 2030. With nearly 75 percent of all nursing home residents experiencing falls annually, slips and falls are a leading cause of preventable injuries, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls are serious not only because of potential consequent injuries such as broken bones, internal bleeding, and immobility, but also because of the long-term consequences such as increased susceptibility to infections, bed sores, and pneumonia.
Even if a person recovers after a fall and injury there are lingering consequences. A person recovered from an injury may remain immobile, because once a person falls they can become very afraid to walk. This causes these folks to reduce their activity, making them weaker. This weakness, along with other factors, actually doubles a resident’s chances of falling again according to the CDC.
Being aware of resident and nursing home risk factors can help to reduce fall accidents among nursing home residents.
Nursing homes must comply with federal and state regulations regarding the care of residents. Nursing home residents have certain rights, including the right to live in a safe, decent, and clean environment; to receive assistance; and to be treated with courtesy, consideration, and respect. Caregivers who cause residents to suffer injuries and nursing homes that provide inadequate training or do not meet federal and state standards can be held liable for their negligence.
If your loved one has suffered injury from a slip and fall accident or was otherwise the victim of nursing home negligence, contact a New Jersey nursing home negligence lawyer at Davis & Brusca, LLC. From our offices in Princeton, we represent clients throughout New Jersey in Middlesex County, Essex County, Hudson County, Union County, Morris County, Hunterdon County, as well as in South Jersey, including Camden County, Cumberland County, and Gloucester County. Contact us online or call us at 609-786-2540 for a confidential consultation.