Falls by the Elderly


Are falls a risk factor?
Yes, falls can lead to fractures, disability and even death.  They are known to be the most frequent and serious type of accident for people aged 65 and over.  There are said to be some 12,000 falls a year by people aged 65+ which result in death.

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Where do falls happen?
32% of falls happen in the home
27% in residential institutions
40% of falls occur in the street/highway. 
As a consequence of the falls 3.6% result in fractured hips which can lead to permanent disability.  

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Why do falls happen?
Falls can happen because of frailty, lack of mobility and vision which affect balance.   Falls often occur in the home on stairs, steps, when accessing the bath, tripping on rugs and because of wrongly located furniture.  A primary cause of falls is people wearing inappropriate footwear. 

A number of falls occur when people are involved with long-term care in residential institutions or otherwise under the supervision of healthcare providers and hospitals.  A primary cause is the lack of resource in the care system resulting in not enough staff being employed for the purpose of preventing falls.  Additionally those employed in the system are often not trained to carry out risk assessments which can result in mistakes happening.

 
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Are falls costly to the NHS and a burden?
Yes-the estimated cost to the NHS because of falls is said to be £6 million a day or 2.3 billion pounds a year. 

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Damages
If a fall is suffered whilst an  elderly person is in the care of a health provider, a care home or a hospital damages can be recoverable for pain and suffering plus out of pocket expenses. 
The extent of the damages recoverable depends on the nature of the injury, the extent of the rehabilitation process and treatment.

 

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Why contact abdcare
abdcare abdcare is a specialist organisation dealing with elderly care issues and regularly pursues personal injury and medical negligence claims.  The organisations pursued include health providers, hospitals and care homes.  Claims for compensation are subject to strict time limits and strict protocols.  The information required to successfully pursue a claim will include the retrieval of all appropriate medical records, photographs and witness evidence for the purposes of explaining the cause of the fall and the damages suffered.

abdcare can investigate claims for an initial fixed fee which will cover the costs of obtaining medical and care home records.  Further work can be undertaken pursuant to a no win no fee agreement and insurance which means clients can bring a claim without the fear of receiving a large bill.  Alternatively you may have a before the event accident insurance policy.  There are a number of ways to fund a claim. Instructions on behalf of elderly or frail clients can be provided by relatives or those with a Power of Attorney or by Deputies appointed by the Court of Protection.

 

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