Falls Resulting in Hip Fractures in Nursing Home Residents
Hip fractures are a very common type of injury after a serious fall in an elderly person. An CDC article titled Falls and Hip Fractures Among Older Adults: states that Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and increase the risk of early death.
According to the Center for Disease Control article titled: Falls Among Older Adults, An Overview – fractures among older adults are caused by falls. According to the CDC, one in every three adults age 65 or older falls and 2 million are treated in the emergency departments for fall-related injuries. The risk of falling increases with each decade of life. The National Council on Aging has a concerning falls and the resulting injuries, including TBIs, hip and other fractures.
The most common are fractures of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand. Many of the fracture injuries in nursing homes occur during transfers from bed or a wheelchair. The lack of qualified and well trained staff is the main cause of injury I have seen in my practice. Nursing homes must provide sufficient staff to provide cares for residents so the have quality of life and receive the best care practicable.
If you have questions about hip fractures or other fractures from falls or other neglect contact an experienced top rated Elder Abuse Attorney, Kenneth LaBore for a free consultation.