Bed Rail Entrapment Lawyer
Bed rails are often used in hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities as a safety precaution to help prevent patients from falling out of bed. However, there are hidden dangers associated with using bed rails. Injuries can include strangulation, suffocation, and broken arms and legs. Because of these dangers, bed rails require a specific physicians order for their use.
Bed rails are used much more often in hospitals than any other type of facility. This is because there is much more monitoring of patients in hospitals and the population is usually much younger. On the other hand, in nursing homes and assisted living facilities the population is much older and less mobile. As a result, there are many more dangers in using bed rails in these facilities. In fact the nursing home and assisted living facility staff actually consider bed rails to be physical restraints.
CPSC and FDA Warn Of Risks From Bed Rails
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have been warning of the dangers of bed rail entrapment since at least 1995. At that time the FDA concluded the risks are highest for elderly patients because of problems with memory, mobility and multiple medications. Elderly patients with the following conditions are most at risk:
- Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or memory problems
- Paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, or limited mobility
- Taking multiple medications
These patients are most likely to fall while trying to climb over the bed rails and or become entrapped between the rail and the bed.
Injuries Caused By Bed Rails
Elderly patients can be injured by bed rails in many different ways. According to the CPSC and the FDA, the most likely injuries include:
- Suffocation or strangulation from an entrapped head or neck
- Broken, fractured, bruised, or lacerated arms and legs
Our Bed Rail Entrapment Attorney’s Can Help You
The attorneys at Distasio Law Firm are experienced in helping families and loved ones hold the responsible party accountable after bed rail entrapment has occurred in a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility. By bringing a claim you can help make sure this type of tragedy does not happen again. Call us today for a free no cost consultation.
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Hire Distasio Law Firm to Bring a Claim
After you have made sure your loved one’s issues have been addressed you should seriously consider hiring a nursing home abuse attorney from our law firm to bring a lawsuit against the facility. A nursing home abuse lawyer can hold the nursing home accountable for what they have done and help ensure no other nursing home residents suffer from the same type of abuse or neglect.