Slip and fall accidents are the most reported source of nursing home negligence lawsuits in Kentucky. With almost a third of care centers lacking a safe environment and a majority of them without adequate staff, injuries from such incidents are common and widespread in the state. Dementia patients and residents with partial disability are at the receiving end as apathy and negligence reigns supreme at Kentucky nursing homes in the absence of trained and skilled staff.
Reasons for Nursing Home Slip and Fall Injuries
The majority of Kentucky nursing home residents are sick or with medical conditions, such as injuries, cognitive disorders, or dementia. Their physical weakness and need for assistance lead families to choose nursing homes expecting caregivers to look after them in a better way. However, neglect and unconcerned attitude of care center staff put them at the risk of fall injuries.
The most common causes of such slip and fall accidents at a nursing home may include,
- lack of assistance when needed forcing residents to move on their own
- caregivers rejecting requests of residents needing to go to the bathroom obtain their medicines
- lack of walking aids or caution during transfers
- administration of heavy sedative dosages to residents
- negative ambience, wet floors, inadequate lighting
- medical condition of patients, such as previous leg injuries, bowel or bladder incontinence, cognitive disorders, hypotension, and visual impairment
According to a June 2015 report published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal, overuse of leg artery surgery is one of the most potent causes of disability of residents and nursing home fall injuries. The revascularization procedure is one of the most used surgeries at care facilities. However, this contributes to loss of physical ability in lower extremity. Many patients become unable to walk after the procedure and suffer from the loss of leg function. Researchers have found that such residents are highly prone to fall injuries and wrongful death within a year of surgery.
CDC Report on Nursing Home Fall Injuries
- Almost 90 percent nursing home fall injuries are avoidable. Negligence of caregivers is the primary cause of residents suffering from these injuries.
- Elderly fall injuries is the largest contributor (36 percent) to preventable hospital emergency visits.
- About 1,800 nursing home residents die every year due to fall-related injuries.
- Almost 100 to 200 falls are reported in a 100-bed care center. Many such incidents are never reported.
- Nursing home residents above 65 are four-fold more prone to die of fall-related injuries when compared to people of similar age cared at their own home.
- 75 percent nursing home residents are at risk of fall injuries while less than 30 percent elders face the same risk when with their families.
- One in every three nursing home slip and fall injury complaints involves a resident with disability.
- 10 to 20 percent nursing home slip and fall injuries are of extremely serious nature.
- Loss of function, disability, fractures, health problems, depression, and death are most reported results of fall injuries.
- About 25 percent of falls are due to unsafe ambience at care facilities.
Kentucky Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit
A Louisville family was awarded $5 million in 2012 by a court following trial in a Kentucky nursing home negligence lawsuit. Another plaintiff received $7.5 million in compensation from a Lexington nursing home found guilty of negligence. The court awarded $1 million to an 80-year-old Alzheimer’s patient who received multiple fractures after she fell at a nursing home facility.
If you have reasons to believe that a resident is subject to nursing home neglect in Kentucky, please contact us or call on 1-866-447-0150 to discuss the best course of action. Our Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer is ready to assist plaintiffs pursuing claims against caregivers.