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Each year, more than one in three seniors sustain falls, which result in serious injuries. In some instances, falls are the result of elder or nursing home abuse. But in other instances, falls are purely accidental. An experienced San Diego attorney specializing in elder abuse or nursing home abuse, to include neglect, can help you distinguish if an injury from a fall was an accident or caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another.

As we age, the likelihood of being diagnosed with a medical condition or disorder requiring prescription medication(s) is almost guaranteed. Because of this, far too many elders run the risk of being over-medicated, or experiencing dangerous side effects which increases the risk that an elder may fall. Many seniors are prescribed medications that have dangerous interactions when taken in conjunction with other medications.

To reduce the risk of experiencing potentially dangerous prescription interactions, it is recommended that seniors use caution when taking prescriptions or even over-the-counter (OTC) medications.

Each year, more than one in three elders in San Diego falls, with serious injuries resulting. In some instances, falls are the result of elder or nursing home abuse. But in other cases, falls are purely accidental. If an elder you love has sustained a fall inside a San Diego nursing home, contact an experienced San Diego elder abuse and neglect attorney to help determine if the fall was caused by the wrongdoing or negligence of another.

Although falls may not be entirely preventable, there is evidence that shows that incorporating balance exercises into an elder’s physical routine may help to reduce their likelihood of sustaining a fall.

Senior woman having ambulatory therapy
How Balance Exercises May Benefit San Diego Seniors

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s Open Payments Website:

money and pills 2.jpg“Sometimes, doctors and hospitals have financial relationships with health care manufacturing companies. These relationships can include money for research activities, gifts, speaking fees, meals, or travel. The Affordable Care Act requires CMS to collect information from applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) in order to report information about their financial relationships with physicians and hospitals. Open Payments is the federally run program that collects the information about these financial relationships and makes it available to you.”

In other words, if you’ve ever wondered whether or not a physician caring for your loved elder is the recipient of payments from a specific type of medical device, or a specific medication, you can now research that information online through the Open Payment website.

In addition to the Open Payments website, ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom has created Dollars for Docs (which incidentally shows that 3 of the top 20 highest paid physicians are based in San Diego.)

Consumer advocates who fought for such public disclosures had argued that physicians’ relationships with various drug companies affected their prescribing practices. If you’re interested to find out what payments your physician or a physician caring for a loved elder in California has received from various companies, you may search for this data by clicking here.
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