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Elderly Nursing Home Resident Dies After Fall

The Columbus Dispatch recently reported on an incident in Clark County, Ohio, that occurred when an elderly resident of a nursing home, who was being evacuated from the nursing home due to a small fire in the laundry room, slipped and fell because the floor was wet from the sprinklers that had activated to contain the fire.  Tragically, the resident sustained a wrongful death as the result of her injuries. According the the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention, falls among nursing home residents occur frequently and repeatedly, and about 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries, and those who survive their falls frequently sustain hip fractures and head injuries that result in permanent disability and reduced quality of life.  The CDC also reports that each year, a typical nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls, that many falls go unreported, and that between half and three-quarters of nursing home residents fall each year. About 1,800 people living in nursing homes die each year from falls.  The CDC has indicated that the cause of many of these falls are hazards such as wet floors, poor lighting, incorrect bed height, and improperly fitted or maintained wheelchairs.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall at a nursing home, you should immediately contact experienced attorneys.

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