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Nursing Home Fall Injuries: Litigating the Adequacy of Fall Assessments and Protocol Implementation

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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This CLE course will offer guidance to personal injury lawyers litigating nursing home fall claims with special emphasis on disputes over the adequacy of fall assessments and implementation of protocols.


Fall-related allegations are the most common type of professional liability claim lodged against skilled nursing facilities. Falls by the elderly are more likely to cause severe injuries such as fractures, head trauma, lacerations, and even death. Falls and fractures can be signs of potential neglect or abuse.

The jury needs to understand why the resident fell and that not all falls are preventable. Understanding the resident's overall medical condition is critical and requires the right experts to explain all potential medical and pharmacological factors that could contribute to the fall.

Understaffing and inadequate training often lead to an increase in unwitnessed falls. Many different types of evidence must be examined to investigate, build, or defend the case.

Listen as this experienced panel of seasoned nursing home litigators discusses the nuances of litigating fall cases.



  1. Common causes of nursing home falls
  2. Theories of liability
  3. Overview of applicable federal regulations
    1. Comprehensive fall assessment and fall protocols
    2. The Morse scale
    3. Mobility algorithm
  4. Discovery considerations
  5. Medical records review
  6. Damages


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What does a comprehensive fall assessment and proper fall protocol look like?
  • What tools can be used to assess and prevent nursing home falls?
  • What documents are properly discoverable in nursing home cases?
  • What are the most common defenses to nursing home fall cases?


Corkery, Andrew
Andrew Corkery

Of Counsel
Pitzer Snodgrass

Mr. Corkery’s practice primarily focuses on transportation law, medical malpractice and other types of...  |  Read More

Lower, Erika
Erika L. Lower

Burns White

Ms. Lower is an Associate in the Healthcare and Long-Term practice group in the firm’s Cherry Hill, New Jersey...  |  Read More

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