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Death rate from falling rising for elderly people

Since the 1990’s, the death rate from falling has risen sharply for elderly people. Experts have accounted the rise in statistics to be the result of people being less likely to die from chronic disease. Falling is currently the 14th leading cause of death among elders.

Nursing homes should be on high alert for residents who are likely to fall. Unfortunately, some nursing homes are not showing such concern. Nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuits often center around staff failing to supervise or protect its residents when the victims have fallen. A nursing home was recently fined $40,000 for Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect in failing to protect its residents when several residents were injured from falls.

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