If you or a loved one has been injured by a bed rail in a nursing home, you may have a claim for monetary damages
Nursing homes are often the last resort for individuals who can no longer care for themselves. Placing someone in a nursing home means that you must trust that the nursing home staff and operators will provide care and compassion to those who need it most. Sadly, neglect and abuse in nursing homes often result in serious injuries. Bedrail injuries frequently occur in nursing homes, hurting hundreds of people every year, and causing fatalities.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home who experienced an injury because of a bed rail, it may have been caused by the negligence of the nursing home or abuse by a caretaker. Contact our experienced nursing home abuse lawyer in New York to find out ether you can hold the nursing home responsible for bed rail injuries. Alonso Krangle, LLP can provide a free case evaluation and help you collect monetary damages the law allows.
What Are Nursing Home Bedrails?
Bedrails (also called safety rails) used in nursing homes are made of plastic or metal. They hang along the side of the bed and are usually secured by a bar that sits under the mattress. Some bed rails are the length of the bed and others are smaller.
One purpose of bed rails is to prevent an elderly or infirmed patient from falling out of bed. Bedrails can also provide support for patients who are strong enough to get in and out of bed on their own but need something to lean on.
Bedrails, however, may not be safe for everyone. Some patients may be too frail or confused to use a bedrail safely. The nursing home might not install a bedrail properly. It is up to the nursing home to ensure the safety of their residents and to keep them safe from injuries. When they fail to do so, you might have a claim for monetary damages.
How Can Nursing Home Bedrails Injure Patients?
Bedrails are there for safety. But to a disoriented patient or one with limited mobility, bed rails can become dangerous. How?
- Nursing home residents can become stuck between the mattress and the bedrail
- Patients can try to climb over the bedrails
- Patients might try to slide between bedrails
Frail, disoriented, compromised individuals who face any of the above situations may be unable to extricate themselves or may fall and be unable to get up.
Bedrail Injuries in Nursing Homes Cause Serious Injuries
When an elderly nursing home patient, one with Alzheimer’s, or one who is dependent on caretakers to supervise their movement encounters a problem with a bed rail, the injuries can be catastrophic. Examples of bedrail injuries include:
- Suffocating, asphyxiation
- Cardiac arrest
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
These injuries can be fatal and can result from being stuck or entrapped between the mattress and the bedrail. They can also result from falling or becoming entangled in the bedrail.
Holding Nursing Homes Accountable When Negligence Causes Bedrail Injuries
Nursing homes must keep residents safe. That is why people enter nursing homes: they are unable to care for themselves and depend on others for assistance and supervision.
Laws hold nursing home operators and employees to a standard they must follow when caring for patients. When someone is injured, and the nursing home did not follow the proper standard of care, you may be able to file a claim to recover monetary damages.
Nursing home negligence can cause bedrail injuries. How?
- Failure to install bedrails properly
- Failure to ensure bedrails remain in place
- Using the wrong mattress with the wrong bedrails
- Failure to adequately evaluate whether bedrails are suitable for a particular patient
- Failure to promptly respond to the call button of a patient stuck in a bed rail
- Failure to train staff on bedrail safety
- Failure to have policies in place to evaluate bedrail safety
- Using damaged or defective bedrails
If you or your loved one suffered a bedrail injury, nursing home negligence might be to blame. Find out if you have the right to file negligence, wrongful death or other legal claims and recover monetary damages.
Call Alonso Krangle, LLP For Help If You Encounter a Bedrail Injury in a Nursing Home
Choosing a nursing home is never easy. Selecting the right facility means asking many questions. Will the staff provide compassionate care? Will they be attentive to the needs of their patients? Will they provide supervision and keep people safe from harm?
When the nursing home you trust does not fulfill its obligations to provide proper care, you may need to confront them to ensure your loved one is safe. Consider contacting a New York lawyer with experience handling nursing home abuse and neglect cases.
Contact Alonso Krangle, LLP at 516-350-5555 today and receive a free evaluation of your case. If you have a legal claim against a negligent nursing home find out how we can help you recover monetary damages.