An 89-year-old woman in Connecticut has filed a lawsuit against the EMTs that responded to her home and were transporting her to the hospital when they allegedly failed to secure her to the stretcher, thereby leading to her fall to the ground. The elderly woman claims that she was severely injured as a result of her fall from the stretcher, including a fracture to the left side of her nose, a fracture beneath her left eye, a deviated septum, nerve pain, and severe bruising to the left side of her face and arm.
The incident allegedly occurred on January 12, 2018, at which time the woman was 88-years-old, after the EMTs were summoned to her home following her fall at home and injury to her right hip. The woman claims in her EMT lawsuit that the defendant EMTs placed her on a stretcher and were transporting her from her home to the ambulance when they failed to strap her to the stretcher. The woman claims the defendant EMTs lost control of the stretcher and she was thereby dropped to the ground.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports:
– One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year;
– Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall;
– Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths. In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.
Falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans. In 2014, older Americans experienced 29 million falls causing seven million injuries and costing an estimated $31 billion in annual Medicare costs, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). With more than 10,000 older Americans turning 65 each day, the number of fall-related injuries and deaths is expected to surge, resulting in cost increases unless preventive measures are taken.
If you or a loved one may have been injured as a result of the negligence of an EMT in Connecticut or in another U.S. state, you should promptly consult with a Connecticut medical malpractice lawyer, or a medical malpractice lawyer in your state, who may investigate your EMT negligence claim for you and represent you or your loved one in an EMT negligence case, if appropriate.
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