Death in elderly often the result of falls
Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 02, 2014 in Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect can take many forms and result in multiple outcomes. It is possible that the failure to properly monitor a nursing home resident could lead to a resident injuring him or herself in a fall. While a fall may not impact younger individuals at all, for elderly individuals it could actually lead to their death. In fact, for individuals in that demographic, they are the leading cause of death.
One injury that an older person residing at a nursing home could suffer from as a result of a fall is a broken hip. Thought it may sound strange, a fractured hip could actually start a chain reaction resulting in the death of the person who faces it. This result often has to do with the underlying conditions the victims have including dementia, hypertension, arthritis and diabetes. According to one doctor, after suffering from a broken hip, one scenario that is common is that a patient will get pneumonia and die.
Fortunately there are things that can be done to prevent these incidents from occurring. For example, doing tai chi, practicing walking with eyes closed or weightlifting might help to improve an elderly person’s balance. Other more simple measures can make a difference as well, such as:
- Updating a glasses prescription so that the person can see better.
- Installing better lighting.
- Removing rugs.
- Engaging in only one activity at a time.
- Addressing the psychological side of falls.
When a resident of a nursing home suffers a hip fracture, regardless of whether it leads to that individual’s death or not, it is possible that legal action could be taken against the nursing home. A personal injury lawsuit could be filed against a facility if neglect is to blame for a fall that leads to injuries.
Source: NPR, “Broken Hips: Preventing A Fall Can Save Your Life" Lauren Silverman, Dec. 1, 2014