Transport & Restraint Injuries
Nursing Home Negligence In Transporting Or Restraining Patients
Even when nursing home staffers are present to assist residents, inadequate training or failure to follow procedure can result in serious injuries.
Rhodes Law Firm, LLC investigates to identify what happened and why when a resident is injured through transportation or restraint. Long term care facilities must be held accountable for the injuries that occur when the nursing home’s policies and procedures are not followed.
We take pride in having secured compensation for residents of nursing homes across Wyoming and northern Colorado. We are just as proud that our advocacy has resulted in changes in the procedures and standard of care at the care centers that are responsible for the safety and well-being of our loved ones.
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Every nursing home resident is assessed for fall risk and necessary assistance when being transported: Can the resident self-transport or do they need help? Does the resident need a one-person or a two-person assist? Were all safety precautions taken to prevent a transport injury?
The most common injury is from falls when the resident is lifted from a wheelchair to a bed, or vice versa. Falls from gurneys can also cause severe injuries. The common cause of a fall is poor training or inadequate staff levels — a nurse or assistant tries to move the person alone, in spite of the care plan, because no other staff is available to assist the resident’s needs.
Excessive Restraint Or Failure To Restrain
Sometimes a nursing home, with a physician’s prescription, will need to medicate a resident for the resident’s own safety. However, when a nursing home doesn’t want to deal with a “difficult” resident, they cannot restrain the resident with sedatives and psychotropic drugs for that purpose. There are federal rules against the overmedication or unnecessary chemical or physical restraint of residents.
Compensation And Action
Personal injury lawyer Diana Rhodes has advocated for nursing home patients for 20 years, and brings special insights from her former career in health care. Diana works hard to uncover the truth, and to hold nursing homes accountable for the safety and well-being of our loved ones committed to their care. If you believe your family member was the victim of unexpected or avoidable injuries, contact us immediately. We offer a free case evaluation and contingency fee representation — no attorney’s fees unless you recover compensation.