Because the frailty, unsteadiness and possible disorientation of nursing home residents present real challenges to the nursing home facility and staff charged with their care, under certain circumstances, restraints may be required to prevent a resident from injuring himself or others. Restraints may be physical restraints, like straps, or medications used to sedate. The problem arises when the improper or excessive use of restraints results in serious injury or death.
If excessive force is used in applying restraints, fractures, internal bleeding or head injuries may result. If physical restraints are improperly placed or applied, the resident could be strangled, and it is alarming how often nursing home residents die as a result of restraint strangulation.
Our nursing home patient restraint injury lawyers are caring and compassionate. We will aggressively protect your loved one's rights.
Negligent training and supervision of employees is often the cause of failure to use proper care in applying restraints that results in strangulation, one of the worst forms of elder neglect. The nursing home abuse attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP, have over 30 years of experience as a law firm in investigating restraint injuries, and their knowledge of the law and skill in applying it have helped many victims and their families receive the just compensation they deserve.
For a consultation with experienced Albany nursing home patient restraint lawyers, contact Dreyer Boyajian LLP, or call toll free 866-292-1582 to arrange your initial consultation with one of our New York nursing home litigation team members.
Protecting Your Rights After a Violation of Federal Regulations
Federal regulations allow the use of restraints only when they are necessary to ensure the physical safety of the resident or of other residents, and even then, only by a written order of a physician. Every nursing home resident has the right to be free from physical or mental abuse, corporal punishment, involuntary seclusion and use of physical or chemical restraints for purposes of discipline or convenience.
A physician must specify both the type of restraint to be used and the duration and circumstances under which the restraint is to be used. Any violation of these regulations may mean that the nursing home should be held accountable for the resident's injuries.
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If you believe that a loved one or someone close to you has been injured because of the improper or excessive use of physical or chemical restraints in a nursing home, contact the experienced nursing home abuse lawyers at Dreyer Boyajian LLP, or call toll free 866-292-1582 immediately to set up your initial consultation.