Hospital falls are among the most prevalent and difficult problems healthcare providers deal with today. Falls can result from inattentive care, poorly-positioned beds, and poor response times to the “care bells” that patients ring for help. Falls are actually listed alongside wrong-site surgery and wrongful amputation when it comes to “never events,” or events that are never justifiable for patients under attentive hospital care. Patients who fall can suffer from:
- Internal Bleeding
What’s worse, is that an estimated one-third of these falls are preventable. Hospitals must take necessary fall prevention measures, including assessing a patient’s risk for falling (such as difficulty walking, medication side effects, and confusion) and facilitating a safe environment in response. If you or a loved one sustained injuries due to a fall, you may be able to pursue compensation for that harm. Even if hospitals pay for your care as a result of a fall, they do not pay for pain and suffering, for lost earning capacity, or lost quality of life. Our role at Clark Fountain is to make sure our clients receive financial support by holding the doctors and hospitals accountable for their negligence.
Hospital Fall Statistics
According to The Joint Commission, thousands of patients fall in hospitals annually at an injury rate of 30-50%. Patients who fall are typically:
- Have just undergone a major surgery or injury
- Are physically and/or mentally impaired due to medications
- Weakened state from diagnostic testing and other procedures
If there are 1 million falls in U.S. hospitals every year, The Joint Commission estimates that up to 500,000 of those patients will be injured. That means that up to 500,000 patients will have to spend more time in the hospital and undergo additional treatment, in many cases, that can cost thousands of dollars. According to The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event database, the most common causes of hospital falls are:
- Inadequate patient assessment
- Lapses in communication
- Failure to adhere to safety protocols
- Inadequate staffing or supervision of staff
- Failure to properly maintain the hospital’s environment
- Poor leadership
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Why Falls in Hospitals Are a Serious Issue
According to recent statistics, there are between 700,000 and 1 million falls every year. Nearly half of them result in serious injury. Falls can lead to complications such as fractures, internal bleeding, and lacerations. Why are falls an issue? Because as the patient population in the U.S. grows older, the more likely a fall could lead to potentially fatal injuries. 22% of patients in the U.S. are now 74 years old or older. Without care that reflects their needs, patients will continue to fall and receive preventable injuries.
At Clark Fountain, we find that unacceptable.
Speak with our Florida Slip and Fall Attorneys Today to Get Answers
Our West Palm Beach personal injury firm is committed to an ideal: that people deserve justice, to have their voice heard in court, and to get compensation for the damage they’ve suffered at the hands of others. That’s the reason behind everything we do at Clark Fountain. It’s why we cover the cost of litigation for our clients from as long as the case takes to resolve, why we never consider a case finished until we’ve taken it through every possible process, and why we refuse to receive a fee unless our clients receive compensation.
Clients continue to trust us for many reasons, including the following:
- We’ve secured more than over a Billion dollars in our firm’s history.
- We have more than 200 years of experience and expertise.
- Our team includes board-certified attorneys in various specialties.
- We are not afraid to take on highly complex cases other attorneys turn away.
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