Report: Slip and Fall Risks Are Higher for Patients in Florida Hospitals

by Carmen Dellutri on July 8, 2011

Floria personal injury attorneyRecently released U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data reveals that slip and fall injuries are among the most common accidents in Florida hospitals.

In fact, sixty-nine of the 163 Florida medical institutions included in the government’s reporting had fall rates above the national average.

According to a recent article, patients at Lee Memorial Health System's four acute-care hospitals, Lehigh Regional Medical Center and Physicians Regional Medical Center suffered slip and fall injuries at rates that are roughly twice the national average of 0.56 per 1,000 discharges.

The data show that, with the exception of infections, falls may be the greatest avoidable risk patients have while hospitalized. According to a 2004 study by the Society of General Internal Medicine, about a third of falls result in some sort of injury, with between 6 percent and 8 percent resulting in serious injury.

On a more positive note, many Florida hospitals are taking steps to reduce the incidence of slip and fall injuries. For example, any hospitals assign fall risks to patients. Those at higher risk, such as the heavily medicated or those with histories of falling, are monitored more carefully.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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