Nursing Home Fall Attorney, San Francisco Bay Area

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Pursuing Justice for Fall Incidents in Nursing Homes

‍Devotedly safeguarding the rights of individuals affected by falls within elder care facilities across the Bay Area, Susan Kang Gordon, A Professional Law Corporation stands as a beacon of advocacy and accountability. We believe these accidents, often preventable, are a stark reminder of the need for enhanced safety measures and diligent oversight within these facilities.

Our unwavering dedication to this cause is underscored by our landmark $13.5 million verdict in 2021, a testament to our relentless pursuit of justice. With a steadfast commitment to our clients, we tirelessly strive to secure the compensation and accountability they rightfully deserve while advocating for systemic changes to prevent future tragedies.
$13.5 Million
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$6 Million
Jury Verdict 2021
Over $40 Million
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Occurrence of Falls in Nursing Homes and Hospitals

Statistics reveal that falls in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are alarmingly common and often preventable, especially in understaffed facilities:

  • Annually, 50% to 75% of residents in nursing facilities experience falls, a rate twice as high as that of older adults living in other communities.
  • Tragically, about 1,800 nursing home residents succumb to fall-related injuries every year.
  • Although long-term care facilities are home to around 5% of U.S. adults aged 65 and older, they are responsible for 20% of fall-related deaths within this demographic.
  • Approximately 33% of elderly patients will experience repeated falls in a given year
  • One out of every ten falls in nursing homes leads to serious injuries.
  • A typical nursing home with 100 beds may document 100 to 200 falls per year; the actual number may be higher due to underreporting.
  • On average, nursing home patients experience 2.6 falls per year.
  • Environmental hazards such as slippery floors and inadequate safety features contribute to nearly 30% of nursing home falls.
  • About 35% of fall injuries occur in residents who lack the ability to walk independently.

When nursing homes don’t properly care for their vulnerable residents, falls are the all-too-common result in the Bay Area and nationwide.

Factors Contributing to Fall Accidents in Long-Time Care Facilities

Senior adults face heightened risks of slip and fall accidents. Negligent nursing homes may compound this risk due to a combination of environmental hazards and, often, inadequate care.

Falls can sometimes be caused by the following:

  • Medication side effects that compromise a resident’s vision or awareness.
  • Inadequate supervision or lack of trained staff presence.
  • Malfunctioning call buttons, intercom systems, and other equipment.
  • Ill-fitting footwear that contributes to instability.
  • Dehydration or malnutrition leading to weakness and dizziness.
  • Failure to following the nursing process (assess, care plan, implement and evaluate)
  • Failure to implement a toileting schedule.
  • Failure to provide therapy or restorative care.
  • Failure to implement proper fall prevention intervention such as a fall mat, low bed, and provide devices such as walker.
  • Overall mismanagement of the facility.
  • Understaffing of nurses.

Whether poor supervision or the facility’s failure to adhere to the nursing process is the cause, your loved one deserves justice after an avoidable fall.

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Common Injuries Resulting from Fall Incidents in Nursing Homes

The following injuries are frequently observed after nursing home falls:

  • Broken Hips: Hip fractures are common among older adults and may be life-threatening; they often require surgical intervention and result in extended immobility.
  • Upper Limb Fractures and Broken Bones: Impact to the wrists or arms can result in breaks, necessitating medical treatment.
  • Head Injuries and Brain Bleeds: Arising from impacts to the head during a fall, brain injuries may have lasting neurological effects.
  • Tears and Sprains of Soft Tissues: Damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons can result in discomfort and restricted movement.
  • Back and Neck Injuries: Falls can cause strains, sprains, herniated discs, or more severe spinal trauma.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Damage to the spinal cord can lead to paralysis or impaired bodily functions.
  • Severe Contusions: Profound bruising may indicate underlying tissue damage and potential complications.
  • Internal Hemorrhaging: Falls may lead to internal injuries that require immediate medical attention.
  • Nursing Home Wrongful Death: In the most tragic cases, injuries due to fall accidents in nursing homes can result in the untimely death of a resident.

Can Falls in Nursing Homes and Hospitals Be Prevented?

While some falls are due to genuine accidents, such as missteps, a significant number can be attributed to the failure of nursing homes to implement policies that protect their residents.

Many falls in care facilities are preventable with the following preventive measures:

Adequate Staffing

Poor fall prevention often stems from staffing issues, as facilities may cut costs by minimizing the number of staff. When employees are spread too thin, they cannot provide proper monitoring and care. This leaves residents vulnerable to accidents as they attempt tasks without assistance.

Individual Care Plans

To prevent falls, nursing homes are required to develop and implement an individualized fall intervention care plan for each resident. These plans may include measures such as setting up alarms to alert staff when a resident attempts to leave their bed unassisted, regular check-ins to ensure staff are meeting residents' needs, and the use of fall pads to mitigate the impact of falls.

Monitoring and Communication

Regular monitoring, typically conducted every 15 to 30 minutes, is a common and effective fall prevention method. Additionally, establishing a toileting schedule can reduce the need for residents to get up during the night, thus lowering the risk of falls.

Another fall prevention tactic involves keeping all staff members informed of each resident’s unique needs. Visual cues, such as stickers placed on the doors of rooms housing high-risk residents, allow staff members to provide personalized attention and reduce potential dangers.

Fall-Prevention Equipment

While traditional bed rails have fallen out of favor due to safety concerns, measures like low beds and scooped mattresses can help reduce fall-related injuries.

Floor mats are another valuable tool, providing cushioning to soften the impact of falls. Bed alarms, which alert staff when a resident attempts to leave their bed unassisted, are crucial in preventing falls and ensuring timely assistance.

Legal Responsibility of Nursing Homes for Resident Falls

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are required to establish comprehensive fall prevention measures as part of their duty of care. If a facility fails to implement appropriate interventions and a resident is injured in a fall, it may be proven negligent.

Some facilities may attempt to attribute falls to the natural aging process. However, state and federal regulations mandate the implementation of fall prevention plans. This means that the government does not consider patient falls to be an acceptable or unavoidable aspect of nursing home residency.

Facilities must proactively work to prevent falls, especially among high-risk individuals. Failure to do so can result in legal and financial liability.

Is It Possible to File a Lawsuit Against a Nursing Home?

Legal action can be taken against a negligent care provider, including home health agents, assisted living care givers or nurses in a skilled nursing setting. This includes many cases that involve falls among elderly residents.

The specific vulnerabilities of nursing home residents, such as underlying health conditions and cognitive impairments, heighten their risk of falling. Nursing homes are legally obligated to take reasonable steps to prevent falls among their residents.

When a facility does not do this, the injured person has the foundation to build a legal claim. Such claims aim to achieve two primary objectives: securing financial compensation and instigating positive changes within the facility. In time, these legal actions can influence patient safety policies and improve the standard of care delivered in nursing home settings.

Nursing home fall litigation is complicated, and collaborating with experienced nursing home fall attorneys can streamline the process. With their extensive legal background, an attorney can examine a case and determine whether a fall was likely preventable, then take action to hold the facility accountable.

What Is the Typical Settlement Value for Nursing Home Fall Incidents?

Settlements for patient fall cases range from thousands to millions of dollars. The potential value of a case varies depending on factors like the extent of the nursing home's liability for the fall and the specific losses incurred by the victim, both economic and non-economic.

Economic damages encompass tangible costs such as medical bills for surgeries and rehabilitation. In cases involving fatalities, funeral expenses may also be included.

Non-economic damages, though less tangible, are equally significant. These can cover pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and emotional distress experienced by the victim or their loved ones.

Ultimately, the settlement amount should reflect the severity of the injuries and the impact of the fall on the individual's life.

Why Choose Susan Kang Gordon, A Professional Law Corporation for Your Nursing Home Fall Case?

At Susan Kang Gordon, A Professional Law Corporation, we advocate for victims of elder abuse, including cases of falls in nursing homes. Led by our acclaimed founder — recognized as Trial Lawyer of the Year by multiple esteemed associations — our firm dedicates our skills and extensive knowledge to pursuing such cases.

By selecting our law firm, you're not merely obtaining legal counsel; you're enlisting the aid of a dedicated ally who will steadfastly support you throughout the process, approaching each case as if it were a personal family matter.

What further sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to holding accountable all parties responsible for abuse within long-term care facilities. We understand that falls in nursing homes often result from systemic issues like corporate negligence and staffing deficiencies. In our goal to effect change, we tirelessly pursue justice and strive for accountability.

Our Recent Cases

$13.5 Million Verdict

10 elderly residents sued a nursing home for the neglect and abuse suffered at the hands of the operators. They alleged the failure to provide proper care for fall prevention, wounds, nutrition and hydration and medication management.

$6 Million Fee Award

For the cases which go to trial, we will always seek attorney’s fees directly from the defendant so that you do not have to pay us any fees from your award. In other words, we ask the Court to order the defendants to pay us our hourly fees. Fee awards are not granted for cases that result in a private settlement.


Confidential Settlement - resident is found dead in a bathtub. - $1,675,000.


Confidential Settlement - fall in residential care facility. - $1,500,000.


Confidential Settlement - fall in residential care facility - $975,000.


Confidential Settlement - A physical therapist's failure to transfer body properly results in hairline fracture to the leg - $800,000.



Susan did an amazing job representing our family in a complex and emotionally challenging legal matter. Susan was in it for the long haul, becoming both a trusted advisor and a voice of compassion throughout the process. Susan and her team always brought professionalism, empathy, dedication and skill to our case. She achieved a very positive outcome for us, and we couldn't have been happier with her representation. I would absolutely recommend her and SKG Law.

Tom Smith, Lafayette

Susan was great. She really cares and it shows. We won our case. We really appreciate Susan standing up for the little people.

Brent Baisch, Brentwood
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