Nursing homes, also known as retirement homes and assisted living communities, are residences designed to meet the needs of elderly residents. There are also frequently nurses and doctors on staff to assist in taking care of the nursing home residents.
Although nursing homes are intended to keep their residents safe from harm, they do not always prevent every injury from happening to their residents:
- 20% of all deaths in the 65 years and older age group resulting from slip and fall accidents occur in nursing homes, which works out to about 1800 people per year.
- Nursing homes with 100 beds or more report between 100 and 200 falls on average annually.
- At least half of all nursing home residents fall each year.
- Approximately 15% of all falls in nursing homes result in serious injuries.
- Environmental hazards, such as slippery floors or uneven walkways, cause at least 16% of all nursing home falls each year.
- According to one study in 2000, 95% of nursing home residents have experienced neglect or have seen another resident be neglected.
- 91.7% of nursing homes in 2005 had at least one deficiency according to health inspectors.
- 1 in 4 nursing homes was responsible for the death or serious injury of a resident in 2001.
Should I Retain a Lawyer?
If you or a loved one has been injured due to an accident at a nursing home, then you should contact a personal injury attorney right away. Your attorney can help you navigate the complex legal system and speak on your behalf while dealing with other parties and the courts.