Physical or Chemical Restraints
New York Physical and Chemical Restraint Lawyers
Chemical or physical restraints should only be used to protect a nursing home resident from self harm or from harming others. Abuse of this practice often occurs. According to a study by the New York State Department of Health, 4% of nursing home residents were physically restrained during the time the study was commissioned. While this is lower than the national average, this does mean that a significant number of nursing home residents are in physical restraints.
Unless there is a legitimate medical or safety issue, your loved one should not be physically or chemically restrained. Our firm holds nursing homes responsible for violating the rights of residents who are restrained against their will, resulting in bedsores or other injuries.
Types of Restraints Used in Nursing Homes
Physical restraints involve using a device, such as a belt, a specialized chair or a side rail, among other devices, to limit the movements of a nursing home patient. Drugs are sometimes used as chemical restraints to restrict movement as well. While considered extreme, restraints can be effective in ensuring the safety of both residents and nursing home employees in certain circumstances. However, abuse occurs all too often.
Restraints as a Form of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Unfortunately, physical restraints or chemical restraints are often used when they are completely unwarranted. A nursing home professional may not want to provide immediate attention to a patient, so a restraint is used while they attend to other matters. To save money, some nursing homes are understaffed and utilize such restraints to ease the workload for the limited staff on duty. This is completely unacceptable. This extreme form of elder abuse can result in severe injury, serious bedsores or death.
Managing Your Elder Mistreatment Case
At the Ellis Law, our objective is to get to the facts of the case and the reasons as to why the resident was restrained. That involves reviewing medical records and collaborating with experts. We will also identify any bedsores or other injuries suffered due to unnecessary chemical and physical restraints. Holding the nursing home responsible for this severe form of neglect and abuse will be our primary goal.
Contact a Bedsore, Pressure Sore, Decubitus Ulcer and Nursing Home Injury Attorney Today
The personal injury attorneys at Ellis Law and our nursing home litigation co-counsel have extensive experience in handling personal injury and wrongful death nursing home cases throughout New York State.
To get more information free of charge, ask any questions you may have, or schedule an appointment with an experienced personal injury lawyer or nursing home negligence lawyer regarding nursing home misuse and abuse of physical restraints and chemical restraints that caused bedsores or other injuries or death, please call us today at 1-800-LAW-7777 or
1-800-3-ABOGADO (toll free), e-mail us at [email protected] or submit the Nursing Home Answerline sm request form on the right side of this page for a prompt response.
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