For elderly Americans, falls are one of the greatest risks they face. This is true at home, in nursing homes, in assisted living facilities and anywhere else.
It is sometimes harder for younger people to fully grasp the risk here. They can imagine minor injuries from a slip and fall accident, but they think these incidents just can’t be that common or cannot have dire ramifications. For the elderly, though, in their fragile state, nothing could be further from the truth.
According to the National Council on Aging, “Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.”
This is simply not true for other age groups. Many younger people pass away or get injured in car accidents. For the population as a whole, cancer and heart disease are the leading killers. Falls can be deadly and impact some — like construction workers — more than others, but they do not pose as serious of a risk. It is clear that the elderly must consider these risks more than other age groups.
In fact, that’s often the whole reason that many elderly people move into nursing homes or assisted living centers. They want help with things like taking showers or just getting out of bed in the morning. They trust the staff to provide proper care at all times. These workers are supposed to eliminate that risk and keep them safe. It’s a wise move.
Unfortunately, negligent staff members do not always do everything that they could. If your loved one gets injured in a fall, you need to know what legal options you have.