Falls May be Dangerous, Even Fatal

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Nov 12, 2008 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights

fall injury lawyerThe NY Times wrote an article focusing the serious impact of suffering a fall at an elderly age.  You can read that article by clicking this link.  The article followed two women who experienced falls, but drastically different recoveries. The article illustrates how falls are complex, preventable events with multiple causes and consequences.

What some may not realize is that the fall itself is not always the culprit.  Instead, the fall is the catalyst for numerous other complications that can deteriorate your health and even be fatal. 

Falls may trigger pneumonia, depression, infection and muscle loss.  A fall can also trigger a psychological response that prevents people from becoming mobile and active again.  Immobility can prevent you taking deep breaths, making you more prone to pneumonia as well as skin breakdown, pressure sores, bladder infection and lung infection.

Falls in the elderly are serious business.  We have seen many cases of falls at nursing homes that were avoidable and preventable.  We have also seen many residents die as a result of fractures and brain injuries caused by a fall.  Sadly, some residents give up after a fall.  Dont let this happen to you or your loved one. 

-Attorney Jeffrey Pitman

PKSD is a Wisconsin personal injury law firm that handles nursing home abuse and neglect cases.  Our nursing home abuse and neglect trial team has successfully represented abused and neglected residents in almost every county.  We know Wisconsin.

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