Faraci Lange Senior Counsel, Joseph A. Regan, successfully resolved a medical malpractice wrongful death case for a rehabilitation patient who died as a result of pulmonary embolism. The decedent was admitted for occupational and physical therapy following his knee replacement surgery. Due to the failure of medical staff to reinstitute the decedent’s regular and routine medication, he faced conscious pain and suffering and wrongful death.
According to a new data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), accidental injuries account for 85% of all injury-related deaths among older Americans.
55% of unintentional injury deaths of adults aged 65 or older during 2012-2013 were due to falls. From 2000-2013, the age-adjusted fall injury death rate among the elderly nearly doubled, from 29.6 to 56.7 per 100,000, report NCHS investigators Ellen Kramarow, PhD, and colleagues.
“Fatal falls among the older population may be increasing for many reasons. Some research suggests that at least a portion of this increase is due to improved reporting of falls,” they note.
The five leading causes of unintentional injury deaths in US adults aged 65 years or older are falls, motor vehicle traffic accidents, suffocation, poisoning, and fire.
“Injury deaths place a large burden on society, and many of these deaths are preventable,” Dr Kramarow and colleagues note in their article. “Reducing fatal injuries is a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicator, emphasizing its importance as a high-priority public health issue.”