USE OF RESTRAINTS AT A NURSING HOME
The use of restraints on a nursing home patient is not always improper or abusive. In some cases, an elderly person who is at risk of falling out of bed and breaking a hip may need some form of restraint.
Unfortunately, a nursing home staff member may improperly restrain a patient. The use of restraints may qualify as abuse or neglect if, for example, a staff member restrains a patient as an alternative to providing supervision. The improper use of restraints is not unusual when a nursing home is understaffed, or improperly staffed.
HOW A SANTA ROSA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER CAN HELP
The improper use of restraints is alarming and upsetting for families. Victims can suffer injuries and even a wrongful death in some cases. At The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman, our nursing home negligence attorneys have dedicated their careers to helping clients obtain compensation. If your loved one sustained a use of restraint injury, don’t hesitate to contact a Santa Rosa elder abuse attorney from our firm.
Our attorneys thoroughly investigate nursing home negligence and abuse claims, including use of restraint injuries. The improper use of restraints can cause nursing home abuse injuries such as broken bones, bruises, bed sores and even strangulation in some cases. Patients also may suffer psychological or emotional distress.
WHEN IS USE OF RESTRAINTS ACCEPTABLE?
Sometimes, the use of restraints is needed. A resident who is aggressive or behaving violently toward others may need to be restrained. This may be required for a patient who has suffered a stroke or is coping with dementia. The nursing home staff should be properly trained to know when and how to use the restraints. Nursing home restraints include belts, pelvic ties, vests and wrist restraints.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED SANTA ROSA NURSING HOME ABUSE ATTORNEY
If you suspect nursing home abuse due to improper use of restraints, it’s important to talk to a nursing home abuse lawyer about your legal rights. Contact our firm for a free consultation. We put experience and resources to work for our clients. You may be entitled to compensation for future medical care and other damages.
Don’t be a victim. Stand up for your family’s rights. Contact The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman today.