We see many cases where a nursing home resident suffers multiple falls without significant injury. Finally, they have the inevitable “bad fall” and fracture a hip resulting in hospitalization and surgery. The resident often never recovers to their previous level of function.

Now for the bad news, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association followed residents for 20 months and concluded that energy-absorbing/shunting hip protectors currently available in US nursing homes were not effective in preventing hip fractures. My reaction is that we should design and manufacture better hip protectors!

Read an abstract of the report.

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.