Victim in Roanoke, VA Nursing Home Fall Wins $6.5M Verdict
As the nursing instructional video above and real-word observational studies show, bed alarms by themselves are not sufficient to prevent falls by elderly patients. Still, the equipment should be standard for any person, regardless of age, whose physical or mental condition makes it difficult to stand and walk without help.
Statistics compiled by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that some 1,800 people die each year after falling in a nursing home. Also, according to the CDC, as many as 75 percent of long-term care facility residents fall annually, with 20 percent of those people suffering serious injuries.
While every fall cannot be prevented, the current number of nursing home falls is beyond unacceptable. As a Virginia nursing home neglect attorney, I am pleased to see that jurors hearing evidence of neglect for patient safety decided to send a message to the facility's owners -- and all nursing home operators -- that they need to use every tool available to ensure patients' safety.