Slip and fall accidents in St. Louis nursing home facilities often a sign of neglect

Slip and fall accidents in St. Louis nursing home facilities often a sign of neglect

For residents of nursing homes and assisted care facilities, Missouri slip and fall accidents are very common. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 3 out of 4 nursing home residents slip and fall each year and that 10-20 percent of falls cause serious injury.

Fall injuries among older adults can seriously impact quality of life. A fear of falling often develops, further reducing a victim’s mobility and actually increasing their risk of falling again.

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Associates know that after seeking medical attention for yourself or a loved one who has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it will be necessary to take steps to ensure a loved one’s well-being and to protect them from a subsequent fall. We recognize that environmental factors often play some role in creating conditions where a person is more likely to be injured regardless of age or physical condition.

According to the CDC, about 1,800 people living in a nursing home die from falls each year. While falling is often an indicator of other underlying health issues, as many as one-fourth of falls are caused by environmental factors that would have been easily prevented with proper care. Wet floors, improperly maintained equipment and poor lighting are just a few hazards that frequently result in slip and fall accidents.

Poorly fitted beds and wheelchairs can also lead to a fall accident in a St. Louis nursing home. Certainly, some of these patients are at increased risk of falling — that is why loved ones placed them in a home where they could get the professional supervision that is required to ensure their safety and well-being. But when poor staffing levels, unsafe conditions or other negligence on the part of a home is responsible, a victim can and should be compensated for their injuries. Too often, older victims of fall accidents are unable to regain their previous quality of life after suffering a fall accident. Premature death sometimes results.

If you or a family member has been injured in a slip and fall accident, we have the knowledge and experience to help you. Contact us online or by phone at 1-636-946-6886 today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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