The abuse and misuse of bed rails are widespread among nursing homes and could severely injure you or your loved one, and it also could be a sign of a much larger issue.
Nursing Home Justice recognizes that nursing homes have a reputation for being abusive environments and has helped victims recover the financial compensation they need after an injury.
Lead attorney Mac Hester has over 35 years of legal experience and a passion for helping you obtain justice. He’ll personally handle your case and blaze the trail for your recovery.
Nursing homes use bed rails to reduce residents’ risk of falling, primarily when transporting residents to other areas of the facility. Additionally, the handrails are meant to act as handholds to assist residents out of bed. Although these features intend to help residents, they only make matters worse. In fact, fall risk is not even considered a viable reason to use bed rails.
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The FDA states that between 1985 and 2009, there were 803 incidents of patients being caught, trapped, or strangled in beds with rails. Out of those 803 incidents, 480 were fatal. As you can see, bed rails tend to create more problems than solutions, and you or a loved one might have suffered from one or more of the following:
Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients are among the most vulnerable to bed rail injuries because they are more likely to get out of bed and wander off. To avoid this, nursing homes use physical restraints and bed rails to ensure residents remain in their bedrooms.
But this is no way to treat residents with memory impairments. Staff members should instead view other care options and have adequate personnel capable of handling residents in these conditions.
Residents who experience sleep disturbances or uncontrolled body movements are also at a higher risk for bed rail injuries because they are more likely to fall out of bed. Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients often suffer from sleep disturbances because of their condition. Medications and other psychiatric illnesses could also cause sleep disruptions.
Many individuals could be liable for your or your loved one’s injuries, and it might not always be the primary caregiver.
Here are the following parties that could be at fault:
According to the Long Term Care Community Coalition, bed rails should only be used after exploring all other alternatives. Furthermore, nursing homes should:
Once bed rails are installed, nursing homes must regularly revisit a resident’s need for them to avoid long-term use.
When you or your loved one suffer from bed rail injuries, you could be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
Since so many bed rail cases result in death, there is a chance you lost your loved one. In this case, you could require compensation for the following damages:
Nursing Home Justice will blaze the trail for your recovery by:
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