Falls Caused By Medication Usage

Falls that happen in nursing homes and similar health care facilities remain a substantial health concern, as such falls often lead to serious injuries.  These serious injuries include broken hips, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and various fractures.  On this site, falls are discussed both on the “Nursing Home Resident Falls” page as well as many posts seen in the “nursing home falls” category.  Additional commentary concerning falls can be seen in the following pages:

Nursing Home Falls Statistics

Nursing Home Falls Statistics – Additional

Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes

As further discussed on the aforementioned “Nursing Home Resident Falls” page, there are many reasons why nursing home residents fall.

One factor that can lead to falls – through impaired balance and other factors – is the usage of some prescriptions.

The McKnight’s article of December 1, 2016, titled “Antipsychotics linked to increased fall risks for SNF residents, study confirms” discusses research findings concerning antipsychotic drug prescriptions and the link to resident falls.

Additional details can be seen in a variety of sources, including the McKnight’s article mentioned above.

Further reference information concerning mental health medications (including antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, stimulants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers) and their side effects can be seen in the NIH (National Institutes of Health) document titled “Mental Health Medications.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Regarding Mount Vernon Nursing Home Resident Death

Falls among the elderly remains a substantial health concern, as such falls often lead to serious injuries.  Among these serious injuries are broken hips and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) such as concussions.  On this site, the issue of falls is discussed both on the “Nursing Home Resident Falls” page as well as seen in many individual posts found under the “nursing home falls” category.

Due to the frequency of these falls, as well as the severity of injuries that often occur, lawsuits against health care facilities in which these falls occur are common.  One of these lawsuits was discussed in the November 3, 2015 Madison Record article titled “Nursing home seeks to transfer wrongful death suit.”  As seen in the article, a 76-year-old nursing home resident (Sandra Rylander) in a Mount Vernon nursing home allegedly fell numerous times, with the last fall leading to the later death of the nursing home resident.

An excerpt from the article:

Rylander says the decedent allegedly suffered falls on Nov. 22, 2014, Dec. 9, 24 and 25, 2014, and Jan. 17, but was unable to alert anyone. On Jan. 18, she was found face-down, bleeding and unresponsive in her room. She was pronounced dead two days later, the suit states.

The defendants are being sued for abuse and neglect by failing to provide adequate supervision, failing to keep Sandra Rylander from falling and in sight, failing to provide an adequate alarm system, failing to ensure the alarms were functioning and failing to develop an up-to-date plan of care.

Additional details regarding the alleged neglect and lawsuit can be seen in the media sources including the Madison Record article mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Nursing Home Falls And The Diabetes Risk Factor

Falls among the elderly – and especially those at nursing homes and other similar facilities (such as assisted living facilities and retirement homes) – are often discussed on this site because of both the common nature of these types of accidents as well as the extensive nature of the injuries that occur because of these falls.

These nursing home falls can occur for any number of reasons.  Often they are because the resident trips or slips, or otherwise loses their balance.   Such falls and their injuries are a leading cause of nursing home lawsuits.  Falls can lead (either directly or, after a time, indirectly) to the death of nursing home residents.  In these incidents nursing home wrongful death lawsuits have been filed.

Given the prevalence of falls, prevention as well as awareness of risk factors is valuable.  In the last post (that of May 26 titled “Nursing Home Falls And The Depression Risk Factor“) falls and their increased incidence in those with depression was discussed.

Another risk factor for nursing home falls is associated with those who have diabetes.  The increased probability of falls among those who have diabetes is discussed in a variety of sources, including the following:

Montana Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Bureau:  “Increased Risk for Falls Among Those With Diabetes” (pdf)

McKnight’s September 27, 2005; “Study:  Diabetes quadruples residents’ risk of falling

This increased risk for falling among those with diabetes is particularly important as the number of people who have diabetes has increased with time.  This is discussed in various sources, including the q13fox.com article of April 6, 2016 titled “Diabetes cases have quadrupled in just over 3 decades.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Nursing Home Falls And The Depression Risk Factor

Because of the frequency of falls among the elderly – and the typical serious nature of the injuries that often accompany these falls – falls that occur in nursing homes and other types of long-term care facilities (such as assisted living facilities, retirement homes and SNFs) are often discussed on this site.

Further emphasizing the serious nature of the injuries that often accompany falls (which often occur after the nursing home resident trips or slips) is that nursing home falls are a leading cause of lawsuits against nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for the elderly.  Falls have led (directly or, after a time, indirectly) to the death of nursing home residents, and when this occurs nursing home wrongful death lawsuits are often filed.

Falls that occur in nursing homes are common.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Between half and three-quarters of nursing home residents fall each year.  That’s twice the rate of falls among older adults living in the community.”

These falls can occur for many reasons.  One recent study indicates that depression and its treatments may significantly increase the risk of falls among nursing home residents.  This aspect and the underlying study are discussed in two recent McKnight’s articles, seen below:

Depression – And its Treatments – are fall risks” – May 24, 2016

Depression treatments may increase risk of falls in SNF residents, study shows” – May 17, 2014

One aspect of proper health care management is being aware of risk factors for falling and taking proper preventative measures.  Should a nursing home fail to do so may lead to a negligence claim should a resident fall and injure themselves.

As with any type of potential accident lawsuit, a personal injury lawyer should review the situation to see if an injury lawsuit should be filed.   If you or someone you care for has been injured in an Illinois nursing home accident, please call the lawyers at the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and to get a legal overview concerning the accident injury.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Prevention And Treatment Of Hip Fractures

Nursing home residents are often vulnerable to falling, for a number of reasons.  One of the reasons is that often such residents have balance problems, which may be caused by certain medications.  Nursing home falls are one of the most common causes of injuries in nursing homes and other types of health care facilities such as assisted living facilities.

Due to the high incidence of these falls, Illinois nursing home accidents involving falls are discussed extensively on this site.

One type of common injury resulting from residents who fall is that of hip fractures.  While preventing hip fractures is of critical importance, another issue is how should hip fractures be treated, and what actions should rehabilitation entail.

This rehabilitation issue issue is discussed in two recent articles, the McKnight’s article of December 10, 2015, titled “New hip-fracture guidance issue for treatment and rehab of seniors” as well as the December 10 Medical News Today article titled “AAOS recommends specific treatment, rehabiliation for elderly patients with hip fractures.”  In both of these articles, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recent action is discussed, in which their Board of Directors recently approved guidelines for the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with hip fractures.

On this site, preventing nursing home falls and the injuries – like hip fractures – that can accompany such accidents is discussed on the “Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes” page.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Nursing Home Falls The Basis Of Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Due to the frequency and potential severity of injury that falls can cause, falls that happen in Illinois nursing homes are commonly discussed on this site.

The subject of nursing home falls is discussed on the following pages:

Chicago Nursing Home Falls And Dropped Residents

Nursing Home Falls Statistics

Nursing Home Falls Statistics – Additional

Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes

Additional discussion on nursing home falls are seen in the individual “nursing home falls” posts.

Various sources indicate that falls are one of the most common types of Illinois nursing home accidents.  These falls also commonly occur in assisted living facilities and other long-term care facilities.

Also common are lawsuits over nursing home falls, especially if the falls appear to be caused by negligence of the facility.  Given the nature of falls by the elderly, often injuries can be significant – and in some cases the injuries may lead to death.  Broken hips are frequent injuries resulting from nursing home residents who trip or slip.

A recent Illinois wrongful death lawsuit, featured in the Madison Record article of November 3, 2015, titled “Nursing home seeks to transfer wrongful death suit,” serves as an example of a wrongful death lawsuit that alleges negligence occurred in the repeated falls of a nursing home resident.

Additional details can be seen in the Madison Record article.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Illinois Nursing Home Falls

Residents in nursing homes are often susceptible to falling and injuring themselves, for a number of reasons.

Due to the high incidence and severity of injury that these falls can cause, Illinois nursing home falls are discussed extensively on this site.  These falls are one of the most common types of Illinois nursing home accidents.  These falls, of course, also occur in various other types of long-term health care facilities, including assisted living facilities and retirement homes.

The subject of nursing home falls is discussed on the following pages:

Chicago Nursing Home Falls And Dropped Residents

Nursing Home Falls Statistics

Nursing Home Falls Statistics – Additional

Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes

Additional discussion on nursing home falls are seen in the individual “nursing home falls” posts.

If a nursing home resident falls and injures themselves, the nursing home may be liable for such an injury.  A recent example of a lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County can be seen in the Cook County Record article of November 3, 2015, titled “Son sues McAllister Nursing & Rehab, alleging neglect in father’s death.”

As seen in the article, the basis of the lawsuit is the alleged repeated falls and accompanying injuries that the patient suffered.

Each Illinois nursing home accident injury needs to be assessed, from a legal perspective, on a case-by-case basis.  Please call the Illinois nursing home accident lawyers at the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and to get a legal overview concerning the accident injury.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Preventing Nursing Home Falls

Falls among the elderly are common.  Falls among the elderly are especially problematical for many reasons, one being that such falls often cause significant injury that can lead directly or indirectly to deaths.

Falls can and do happen within nursing homes and other health care facilities, for various reasons.

Nursing home falls are discussed in this site in various places, including:

Chicago Nursing Home Falls And Dropped Residents

Nursing Home Falls Statistics

Additionally, various posts concerning instances of nursing home falls can be found in the “nursing home falls” category.

While, as discussed on the “Preventing Nursing Home Falls” page, there are many actions that can be taken to prevent nursing home falls, one way is through analysis of data.

A new study and its findings regarding preventing nursing home falls is discussed in the June 30, 2015 McKnights article titled “EHRs and predictive analytics could predict nursing home fall risks:  study” as well as the June 30 CaliforniaHealthline.org article titled “EHRs, Analytics Can Flag Patient Fall Risks in Calif. Nursing Homes.”

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Additional Reasons For Nursing Home Falls

As discussed on this site, one of the most common types of Illinois nursing home accidents involve residents who fall.  These falls, of course, also occur in various other types of Illinois long-term health care facilities, including assisted living facilities, retirement homes, and hospices.

Nursing home residents fall for numerous reasons.  Many of these reasons are discussed on the “Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes” page.  Given the frequency of these falls – as well as the likelihood of injury or other harm that can occur – it is highly beneficial to have awareness of the reasons for such falls.  As well, many long-term health care facilities are taking numerous preventative measures.

Two other reasons for nursing home falls – aside from those previously discussed – are:

  • Nurse staffing levels:  As discussed in the McKnight’s July 6, 2012 article titled “CNA staffing tied to fall risk” research featured in the May 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society indicated a correlation between CNA staffing levels and the risk for falls among short-stay nursing home residents who are newly admitted.

Additional details regarding these reasons for nursing home falls can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Should someone you care for in a Illinois nursing home or other health care facility suffer a fall that leads to injury, there may be grounds for filing a lawsuit.  While, of course, not all falls will lead to injury compensation, in instances where a fall or dropped resident happens due to negligence a lawsuit may be warranted.

Each Illinois nursing home injury needs to be assessed, from a legal perspective, on a case-by-case basis.  Please call the Illinois nursing home accident lawyers at the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and to get a legal overview concerning the accident injury.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Additional Commentary Regarding Nursing Home Falls

As discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Falls And Dropped Residents” page, one of the common types of Illinois nursing home accidents involves nursing home falls.  These types of accidents can, of course, occur in other types of long-term health care facilities such as assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), retirement homes, hospices and hospitals.

Of note, nursing home falls, according to various sources, are the top reason for lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities and long-term health care providers.  The McKnight’s article of October 27, 2014, titled “Falls are top reasons for lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities, report states” discusses this topic.

On November 2, 2014 the New York Times published an article titled “Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation.”  This article features statistics regarding falls among the elderly, as well as how preventative measures are being implemented in nursing homes to prevent residents from falling.

A couple of excerpts from this article:

The dangers are real. The number of people over 65 who died after a fall reached nearly 24,000 in 2012, the most recent year for which fatality numbers are available — almost double the number 10 years earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And more than 2.4 million people over 65 were treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls in 2012 alone, an increase of 50 percent over a decade. All told, in the decade from 2002-2012, more than 200,000 Americans over 65 died after falls. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in that age group.

also:

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, nearly 17 percent of nursing home residents in the United States, or 220,000 people, experience a fal​l.​ Of those, 70,000 are injured. Medicare currently will not pay to treat an injury resulting from a fall in a hospital, and many health policy experts believe the agency should institute the same policy for nursing homes.

Additional details and discussion are seen in the New York Times article mentioned above.

Furthermore, other statistics regarding nursing home falls can be seen on the “Nursing Home Falls Statistics” page.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.