At the AV Preeminent* litigation firm of Wocl Leydon, our attorneys advise people who need to know about their rights in the aftermath of a serious fall at a nursing home or other residential care institution.
We understand how and why falls occur in nursing homes. We also have a reputation throughout Connecticut for our skill in the investigation of accidents, assessment and documentation of damages, and presentation of claims in settlement negotiations or at trial. Contact us in Stamford or Bridgeport to learn more about our experience with personal injury or wrongful death litigation involving nursing homes.
Falls Are a Serious Risk in Residential Care Facilities
Falls are a common cause of injury, hospitalization and death among older Americans. In 1994, one study found that the incidence of falling in residential settings was about 1.5 falls per bed per year; by 2004, a later study showed that the rate had increased to 1.7. In other words, falls are a common occurrence in nursing homes and residential care settings.
Physical weakness, difficulty walking and other conditions are the most common immediate causes of nursing home falls, with environmental hazards ranging from wet floors to inadequate bed railings a close second. A fall is a “never event” under Connecticut law which should never occur in a health care setting.
About 4 percent of falls in nursing homes result in serious injury. About 1,800 older people die each year in falls, and those who live in nursing homes are four times more likely to die in such accidents as those who live in the community. Because of the heightened risk of falling characteristic of the nursing home resident population, patient-specific risk factors are identified in each resident’s minimum data set (a forms that is a mandated component of the resident admission process).
When nursing home administrators and staff fail to account for a given patient’s risk of falling due to physical weakness, partial disability, medication or other causes, the individual or family affected can consider its options for pursuing negligence claims against the nursing home. When a facility’s lack of awareness of a resident’s specific risk of falling is aggravated by the failure to maintain proper staffing levels, training or supervision, there is an increased likelihood that negligence played a role in the fall.
Stamford Elder Neglect and Abuse Lawyers: Call 203-333-3339
The attorneys of Wocl Leydon are experienced with the investigation of nursing home negligence and abuse cases, and our familiarity with the steps such facilities take – and fail to take – in avoiding falling injuries can benefit your family.
For a free consultation with a Stamford or Bridgeport nursing home falls attorney, contact us at either of our two Fairfield County locations.
We handle nursing home abuse and neglect cases throughout Connecticut on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.
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