The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 gives nursing home residents the right to be free from physical or chemical restraints. Restraint misuses can cause many accidents and injuries and may be in direct violation of specific state and federal laws regarding the guidelines of proper use of restraints.
Restraints are used to restrict movement for the safety of the elderly individual. Examples of restraints include safety belts, bars, or a safety vest attached to a wheelchair that stops the individual from falling out and receiving injuries. Other examples are bed rails or arm restraints that prevent a patient from removing an IV. Chemical restraints are medications used on individuals to subdue them if they become violent or uncontrollable.
The Ontario nursing home abuse attorneys at McCune Wright Arevalo are committed to protecting the legal rights of the elderly. Call (909) 345-8110 today if you suspect your loved one is the victim of improper nursing home restraints.
Injuries that Result from Improper Use of Restraints
The physical injuries that can occur from restraints are bruises and abrasions, blood clots, chest compression, pneumonia, muscle weakness, strangulation, suffocation or death. A restrained individual may experience a loss of dignity, anxiety, frustration and other mental anguish and emotional suffering. The law specifically prohibits the use of nursing home restraints for the convenience of the caregivers or as a method of punishment.
Misuse of restraints can include tucking sheets so tightly that the elderly person cannot move or get out of bed. Other instances can involve moving a wheelchair against a wall so the patient cannot move. A legal issue that arises from the misuse of nursing home restraints is false imprisonment. It is important to seek assistance for cases where the use of nursing home restraints has resulted in physical injuries or death, as well as emotional distress, to your loved one.
Compensation for Nursing Home Restraint Injuries
Victims of injuries caused by nursing home restraints should seek legal advice and contact our Inland Empire nursing home abuse attorneys at McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, who are knowledgeable in personal injury laws and nursing home neglect. Our team is dedicated to clients injured by nursing home restraints and is ready to assist with all legal needs.
Contact McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP today if you or a loved one was injured due to nursing home restraints so that you can receive the compensation you are entitled to.