15% of adults living in residential care homes are injured from falls
Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at 8:09 pm
A study conducted by the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, headed by Samuel Towne, Jr., PhD, discovered that 15% of people living in residential care homes suffer from an injurious fall every year.
More than 700,000 adults live in residential care facilities across the United States, with about 100,000 people at risk of being harmed from a fall.
According to Towne’s study, African American adults are less prone to injurious falls as compared with other racial groups at 5.5%, followed by Asians at 11%. Caucasians are the most susceptible to injurious falls at 15.5%.
The study also found that the size of the residential care facility was related to the prevalence of injurious falls – the larger the facility, the more likely it is for an injurious fall to occur. Statistics show that small or medium facilities (4 to 25 beds) had a fall rate of 11% while large or extra large facilities (26 to over 100 beds) had a fall rate of 16%.
As one of the leading causes of injury-related death among the elderly, falls that result from property defects could result in injury, or worse death. Our attorneys and legal staff at The Benton Law Firm are working double-time so that victims of personal injury accidents in Dallas can promptly receive much needed financial compensations. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team today by calling our offices at (214) 219-4878.