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.


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.


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

Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group litigate cases. 

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