It is often the case the nursing home residents need to use chemical or physical restraints to get the appropriate care. Yet, there are plenty of instances of incorrect restraint usage that have led to strangulation, serious injury, and even death. There are also cases where nursing home staff don’t use the right restraints that could have prevented falls. If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home due to improper use of restraints, get in touch with Dansker&Aspromonte for a free consultation.
How Restraints Can Be Used to Prevent Injury
Since nursing residents are often disorientated, unsteady, and frail, staff and the facility itself face real challenges with their care. Sometimes, restraints may be necessary to stop a resident injuring themslef or others. Restraints can include:
- Physical restraint
- Sedative medication
While there is nothing wrong with restraints, when they are used incorrectly or excessively, they can result in severe injuries or death. When excessive force is used to apply restraints, certain injuries can result, including:
- Internal bleeding
- Head injuries
We Will Protect Your Loved One’s Rights
At Dansker&Aspromonte, we work aggressively to protect your loved one’s rights in a nursing home. In New York, nursing facilities may use restraints provided they ensure the resident’s physical safety. For example, if a patient is at risk for falls, they can be restrained in a wheelchair to prevent a fall. But excessively using restraints or using restraints without the appropriate supervision can lead to preventable injuries. This means we can hold the nursing home liable for negligence.
We conduct thorough investigations to determine:
- Whether or not restraints have been authorized by a licensed physician
- If the nursing home didn’t use restraints when they actually should have
- If the facility’s staff used the correct restraints in a manner according to a doctor’s authorization
- If restraints were used in an unnecessary or abusive way
- Whether or not the facility improperly administered medication to sedate a resident
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Our team of expert lawyers are passionate about getting your loved one the compensation they deserve if they have suffered from endangerment or injury due to the incorrect use of restraints. No matter the extent of the abuse or injury, we are here to take on your case.
Get in touch with us online or at 212-732-2929 to book a free consultation.