Falls and Fractures in Baltimore Nursing Homes
Helping Maryland Families Seek Justice for Preventable Falling Injuries
Falling may not sound like a serious accident to some, but in reality, falls account for more than 2.8 million emergency room visits annually – and for seniors, falls are also the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries. In addition to the incalculable human cost of these falling injuries, falls among the elderly account for over $50 billion in medical expenses every year, with Medicaid and Medicare taking on approximately 75% of those costs.
Because the elderly are more likely to suffer serious injuries and devastating fractures after a fall, nursing homes have an obligation to help protect their vulnerable residents. Unfortunately, many long-term care facilities fail in this basic obligation, and when they do, they can be held accountable for residents’ losses. At Brown & Barron, LLC, our Baltimore nursing home fall lawyers have focused most of our practice on this area of the law and can apply over 75 years of experience if you have a claim.
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Why Are Falls So Dangerous for Seniors?
As mentioned before, falling is a leading cause of injury for seniors. The reasons for this are twofold: First, because seniors are more likely to fall due to reduced mobility and coordination from aging, and second, because seniors have more brittle bones and may therefore be susceptible to severe bone fractures. If an elderly person also has an underlying condition like osteoporosis, the risk of a life-altering bone fracture becomes even greater.
Some other complications that can arise when seniors fall:
- Head wounds and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injury and permanent paralysis
- Surgical complications, such as infections and blood clots
- Painful physical therapy
- Extended rehabilitation and recovery time
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers while bedridden
Even when seniors do not sustain extremely serious injuries in a fall, a minor fracture still has the potential to reduce their mobility for weeks and months at a time, increasing rates of social isolation and depression. Because many nursing home residents already struggle with these mental health issues, it’s even more imperative for nursing homes to take reasonable precautions against all falls.
What Falling Precautions Should Nursing Homes Take?
Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are tasked with assisting seniors who have existing medical conditions and serious illnesses, many of which can add a greater risk of falling. Whether they have a more physical condition like diabetes or a degenerative disease like Alzheimer’s, some seniors can easily lose their balance when unattended even for short periods. That means that nursing homes should implement reasonable precautions against falling in their facilities, particularly for the most vulnerable residents.
At a minimum, these precautions should include:
- Maintaining appropriate staffing levels at the facility
- Providing constant supervision to seniors who have underlying conditions and a greater risk of falling
- Training facility staff in proper transfer techniques when moving a senior from their wheelchair, bed, or chair
- Prescribing and giving correct dosages of medication to avoid undue grogginess
- Keeping the facility clean and free from trip and slip hazards
If you suspect that nursing home negligence may have played a role in your loved one’s falling injuries, our Baltimore legal team at Brown & Barron, LLC can assist you with the process of filing a claim. We’ve represented hundreds of clients in complex nursing home lawsuits over the years, and with decades of dedicated trial experience, our compassionate attorneys know how to approach these matters with both the sensitivity and rigorous advocacy that they deserve.
For more information, contact our team today at (410) 698-1717 or submit our online form. We are available 24/7 to assist you with a free consultation.
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