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Hundreds of thousands of elderly patients hospitalized for falls

Whether it's a parent, grandparent or beloved aunt, realizing that it is time for an elderly relative to enter a nursing home is never easy. Like most responsible people in South Carolina, you probably spent time researching the best possible facilities. Although finances might have hindered your options, you still made the best choice with the information at your disposal. But what if that was not enough to protect your loved one from a fall?

For the elderly, falls are a serious matter. The resulting injuries are often traumatic, and older patients often struggle to recover. Sadly, many never do.

Falls are no laughing matter

Popular media portrays unexpected falls in a comedic light, but reality is drastically different. Out of every five falls, one leads to devastating injuries. Many fall victims suffer traumatic brain injuries, broken bones and even a combination of these two.

Falls also cause over 95 percent of all hip fractures in the United States, which amounts to the annual hospitalization of about 300,000 elderly individuals. In total, hospitals admit approximately 800,000 people every year for fall-related injuries.

The elderly face many risk factors

Although virtually anyone can suffer a fall and related injury, the elderly are especially at risk. Some of these risk factors include:

  • Walking and balancing trouble
  • Medication use
  • Weakness in the lower body
  • Impaired vision

Overall health may also contribute to a person's risk of experiencing a fall, as well as his or her ability to fully recover. Mental health is also important for recovery, as many elderly victims develop an understandable fear of suffering from another fall. This often manifests in reducing their overall activities, causing them to weaken and increase the chances of similar incidents.

Who is responsible for my loved one's fall?

Negligence might have played a role if your loved one was in the care of a residential facility when he or she fell. Although many South Carolina nursing homes prioritize patient care, many more are perpetually understaffed and constantly cut corners when it comes to safety.

Fall victims deserve dignity during their recovery, which is difficult if they struggle to afford the necessary treatment. Personal injury claims tend to be one of the most effective choices for victims and their families to not only receive necessary financial compensation, but to also achieve a sense of justice after a fall.

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