Fall injuries are the leading cause of ER visits in Tarrant County. Nationwide, some eight million fall victims are rushed to hospital emergency rooms every year. Many of these falls occur inside grocery stores, or in grocery store parking lots.
Falls are commonly associated with nursing home stays. 40 percent of patients check into long-term care facilities after a fall, and 60 percent of all patients fall while they are there.
Most people go to nursing homes to receive the care and attention they need. Sadly, in many cases, things do not work out that way. Largely because of nursing home overcrowding, about 60 percent of nursing home residents sustain serious falls. A majority of these people can no longer live independently after they fall.
The over-65 fall injury statistics are not pretty. Roughly a third of these individuals fall every year, and the medical bills alone add up to some $34 billion per year.
Largely for the reasons outlined below, almost two-thirds of nursing home residents sustain serious falls every year. In many cases, the injuries are permanent and these victims can never live independently again.
Anyone can fall at any time. In fact, these injuries cost more than $50 billion per year, in terms of things like broken bones and head injuries. Yet these physical wounds only tell part of the story. Many fall victims, especially older victims, are so afraid of subsequent falls that they basically become prisoners in their own homes.
Serious falls send quite a few older people to area nursing homes. Additionally, subsequent falls keep many people at these long-term care facilities. Fortunately, the families do not have to pick up the pieces all by themselves. Substantial compensation may be available in these cases, including money for economic damages, like medical bills, and noneconomic damages, like pain and suffering.