The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has reported that at least 5,000 deaths each year are due to nursing home injuries and negligence. The statistic has been jarring for years yet the numbers don’t seem to be decreasing and the injuries that occur in nursing homes remain incline. Falls remain one of the highest causes of both nursing home resident injuries and deaths. In fact, 20 percent of all elderly falls and accidents occur in a nursing home or long-term care facility. Sadly, another 2,000 residents will die each year from a fall while many more suffer from other serious, fall-related injuries.
While we know that every injury can’t be prevented, and some are caused by an aging population that is more apt to injury due to failing health, our experience representing nursing home neglect victims has also shown us that if a facility does not provide sufficient staff training and resident safety systems are not set in place to protect against falls, the risk of injury among residents will go up. And those are the times a family may have a case for neglect. In addition, here are several other reasons why a nursing home could be held liable for a fall injury.
- Some nursing homes in Illinois are guilty of overmedicating their residents with powerful sedatives, antipsychotics, and anti-anxiety medication and increasing a patient’s injury risk.