Even though bedrails are designed to prevent patients from falling out of bed, the reality is that if bedrails are not used properly, they may cause serious injuries or even death. If your loved one has been hurt due to being entrapped by a bedrail, we can help investigate the situation and hold responsible parties accountable. At The Lawrence Law Group, our Jacksonville nursing home neglect lawyers handle injury or wrongful death cases resulting from bedrail incidents.Holding a Facility Accountable for Injuries Caused by Bedrail Entrapment
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), bedrail injuries are more common than you may think. Between January 1, 1985 and January 1, 2008, the FDA received approximately 722 reports of incidents involving patients being caught, trapped, entangled, or asphyxiated in hospital beds.
Bedrails are simply adjustable plastic or metal bars used in nursing homes to prevent residents from falling out of bed and also to help them get up. The unfortunate reality is that residents may become trapped between the mattress and the bedrail. Older and particularly frail residents are more likely to encounter this issue. Nursing home residents may suffer a number of bedrail injuries, including asphyxiation from an entrapped head or neck, broken or lacerated arms and legs, and even death.
When bedrails are used, a nursing home must perform an ongoing assessment of a patient in one of these beds. High-risk patients should be monitored, and the nursing home should ensure that the gap between the mattress and the side rail is small enough to prevent a resident’s head, leg, or arm from becoming trapped. Other safety requirements apply to the foot rail. A failure to follow these and other procedures may result in an injury to a resident and may give rise to a Florida nursing home neglect claim.
Victims of nursing home negligence can pursue a variety of damages, including medical bills, rehabilitation costs, surgical costs, therapy costs, and pain and suffering. It is important to retain an attorney who can prove the full scope of both economic and non-economic losses. If a nursing home acted in a particularly egregious, reckless, or willful manner, punitive damages also may be awarded. These types of damages go beyond compensating the victim for the harm that they suffered and are meant to punish the defendant and deter others who are similarly situated from engaging in the same conduct.Consult a Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer in the Jacksonville Area
If your loved one has been hurt in a bedrail entrapment accident, we can help. At the Lawrence Law Group, our Jacksonville nursing home neglect attorneys understand the distinctive aspects of these cases and can help you seek the maximum amount of compensation under the law. Acting promptly is critical to preserving your rights. Our injury lawyers proudly represent residents of Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Baker, Nassau, Flagler, Putnam, Brevard, Union, Columbia, Suwannee, Lafayette, Hamilton, Jefferson, Dixie, and Leon Counties. To learn more about your rights and options, call 904-632-0077 or contact us online for a free consultation.