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.”
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.