Under-paid employees play a significant role in the number of nursing home injuries and falls each year in California. CDC statistics show hazardous levels of risk in California retirement homes. Recently, a CDC study noted that for every 100 beds in nursing homes and assisted care facilities, there were 100 to 200 falls each and every year. That’s 1 to 2 falls per bed per year. The risk of serious injury and fatal injury is much higher in senior citizens, as 20% of accidental deaths each year in this age group are attributed to falls in nursing homes. According to the CDC the average number of falls per year is 2.6 per person. Most of these injuries are to patients who are unable to walk freely on their own.
Recent headlines about local nursing home employees joining fast food employees asking for higher minimum wages brings this issue into specific relief. The challenge for any nursing home or skilled nursing facility lies in staffing levels, and the ability to attract and keep seasoned healthcare workers.
We entrust our beloved seniors to the care of a nursing home or assisted care facility believing that they will be well cared for in our absence. Unfortunately, too often these patients are neglected or mis-handled resulting in nursing home injuries and falls. My name is Rivers Morrell and I have more than 40 years of experience as an injury attorney here in Orange County and Southern California. If someone you love has suffered a fall resulting in an injury, or a fatal injury while under the care of a nursing home I invite you to contact me for a free and substantive consultation at (949) 305-1400.
We will discuss what has happened, and all that my law firm will do to help you and your family to hold responsible parties accountable, and seek financial compensation for the pain and injuries your loved one has been forced to endure.