In This Section

Common causes of nursing home injuries

Nursing homes are widespread across the country. According to the 2014 data from the CDC, there are approximately 15,600 nursing homes with 1.4 million residents in the United States. These facilities are necessary for providing assistance to many senior citizens.

Unfortunately, many nursing home residents suffer injuries. If you know someone in a senior care facility, you should be aware of the common causes of injuries in nursing homes


A lot of nursing homes do not have enough staff members to handle the needs of all the residents. Without enough nurses and assistants to care for residents, a resident may suffer from neglect. This can result in a variety of health complications, such as bedsores, untreated illnesses and falls.


As people age, they often lose the ability to move as easily–if at all–by themselves. Some nursing home residents require help to get out of bed. If the nursing home staff neglects to help an immobile resident, he or she may develop bedsores and a further loss of mobility.

Lack of training

Many members of nursing home staff do not receive adequate training to provide proper care. With such a high turnover rate, there may be inadequate experience and training among certain workers. This often results in a failure to provide reasonable care for residents. 

No fall prevention plan

Due to the high risk of falls among elderly people, nursing homes must take action to prevent these accidents from happening. A comprehensive fall prevention procedure may include fall mats, bed alarms, better lightings, keeping floors free of clutter and increasing overall staffing. 

Intentional abuse

While some nursing home residents may get hurt because of unintentional circumstances or medical conditions, sometimes staff members intentionally hurt residents. Some staff members may cause harm to a resident out of anger or frustration. 

There are a lot of factors that contribute to injuries among nursing home residents, but these are some of the most prevalent. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Let Us Help, Today.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Contact / Visit Us

Cleveland Office
55 Public Square
Suite 2075
Cleveland, OH 44113

Toll Free: 866-522-1402
Phone: 216-522-1600
Phone: 330-441-5134
Phone: 330-440-0894
Phone: 440-723-5751
Fax: 216-522-1602
Cleveland Law Office Map

Youngstown Office
5212 Mahoning Ave
Westview Center
Ste. 303
Youngstown, Ohio 44515

Phone: 330-797-0481
Map & Directions

By Appointment

  • State-wide, Toll Free: 866-522-1402
  • New Philadelphia, Ohio: 330-440-0894
  • Medina/Brunswick: 330-441-5134
  • Oberlin, Ohio: 440-723-5751


Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.