Falls / Fractures

Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in New Jersey & New York

About 20 percent of falls that occur in nursing homes result in serious injury for the victim, including broken bones and hip fractures. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 9 in 10 of all hip fractures in those over the age of 65 are caused by falls.

Many older people are at a higher risk for serious falls because of factors such as:

  • Vision problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Bone density loss
  • Side effects of medications

Because of the increased danger of falls for elderly individuals - as well as their added susceptibility to falling - it is important for nursing home staff to exercise caution and to ensure that the risk for residents is as low as possible. Proper precautions and preventive measures may include the use of wheelchairs, canes, and walkers, as well as installing railings and handgrips where needed. Failure to ensure that all safety standards are met could have disastrous results.

It would seem logical to assume that nursing homes would be among the safest people for elderly individuals. Unfortunately, this is not the case. As many as 1,800 nursing home residents die every year due to injuries related to falls. The average nursing home with 100 beds reports about 100 to 200 falls per year, according to statistics published by the CDC - and authorities believe that many falls go unreported.

Contact Morelli Law Firm today!

To learn more about the strength of your possible nursing home neglect lawsuit, call Morelli Law Firm. If your loved one suffered a fall at his or her long-term care facility, take action to protect his or her physical rights as well as their legal rights. Contact Morelli Law Firm today to speak with a New York and New Jersey nursing home abuse attorney at one of our East Coast office locations.