According to the Houston Chronicle, the number of spinal cord injuries in the US is currently on the rise.
New research from Johns Hopkins University recently revealed that falls (especially in older people) now surpass car accidents as the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Scientists say they are not sure exactly why fall injuries surpassed those from car accidents, but they suspect it is because the average age of the US population is rising.
Data collected from 2007 through 2009 showed that the spinal cord injury rate rose among those 65 and older. Researchers found that spinal cord injuries are four to six times more likely to be fatal for the senior population compared with a younger age group.
This research is bad news for the older population, especially nursing home residents. Elderly individuals and their families place a great deal of trust and pay large amounts of money to ensure they receive the best care possible in a nursing home; however, nursing homes face a collective problem: when residents are not properly cared for, slip and fall accidents can happen.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1,800 fatal falls occur in US nursing homes each year. If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse and/or neglect, do not wait to get the aid he or she needs. Speak to one of our attorneys today so we can help you decide if taking legal action against a nursing home can provide the compensation your family member deserves after falling due to the negligence of another.
Did You Know: According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 41.5 percent of spinal cord injuries from 2007 to 2009 were caused by falls.