Up to 1,000,000 people in the U.S. suffer a fall in the hospital each year. A fall may cause fractures, lacerations, or internal bleeding. One in four falls result in injury, with about 10% resulting in serious injury. That’s about 250,000 injuries and 11,000 deaths. Also, approximately 2% of hospitalized patients fall at least once during their stay.
Studies show that nearly a third of these falls can be prevented by managing a patient’s underlying fall risk factors and optimizing the hospital’s physical design and environment.
Fall Risk Factors
Most patient falls are caused by a combination of factors, and hospitals and healthcare facilities must take the following fall risk factors into account:
Medical staff must be aware of these risks and consider a patient’s susceptibility to a fall when providing care and treatment. As you can see, there are a lot causes of falls in hospitals and healthcare facilities, but a fall won’t be considered a result of malpractice unless it was caused by medical negligence. When a fall occurs that may have been prevented, a patient may initiate a negligence lawsuit. A medical malpractice lawsuit must satisfy four criteria:
In order for a fall injury in a healthcare facility to meet these criteria, the fall must have been the result of a medical provider’s failure in providing an acceptable level of care. This can happen when a physician fails to diagnose or misdiagnoses a condition that affects the patient’s balance; the patient is overmedicated, not made aware of a medication’s side effects, or prescribed a medication that conflicts with another prescription; the patient’s fall risk wasn’t assessed or managed correctly; or many other reasons.
Help After a Hospital Fall
Patients who’ve suffered a fall due to medical negligence can have a more difficult recovery from their original injury or illness. They may suffer new injuries or complications, and also experience unnecessary emotional and mental stress because of the fall.
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If a fall in a hospital, rehab center, nursing home or other medical facility has resulted in injuries, contact Buchanan Firm. We offer a free consultation with an experienced Michigan medical malpractice attorney.
Our firm proudly serves people all across Michigan, including major cities like Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Detroit, Lansing, Holland, St. Joe, and Ann Arbor, and rural towns such as Lowell, Ada, Fremont, Newaygo, Grand Haven, Rockford, and Cedar Springs. We will meet you after hours, at home, or in the hospital to accommodate you.
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