Michigan Bed Rail Injury Lawyers
Our Michigan nursing home injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. handle cases involving bed rail entrapment injuries and deaths in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living centers in Michigan. While bed rails serve the purpose of preventing patients from falling out of bed and sustaining injuries, they also pose a significant risk of injury to nursing home residents. A resident who is injured from a bed rail does have legal rights under Michigan law.
According the the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), bed rail injuries are disturbingly frequent. Between January 1, 1985 and January 1, 2008, FDA received 722 incidents of patients caught, trapped, entangled, or strangled in hospital beds. There are many potential risks of bed rails. They include:
- Strangling, suffocating, bodily injury or death when patients or part of their body are caught between rails or between the bed rails and mattresses.
- More serious injuries from falls when patients climb over rails.
- Skin bruising, cuts, and scrapes.
- Inducing agitated behavior when bed rails are used as a restraint.
- Feeling isolated or unnecessarily restricted.
- Preventing patients, who are able to get out of bed, from performing routine activities such as going to the bathroom or retreiving something from a closet.
There are recommended bed rail guidelines for hospitals and nursing homes for bed rails. When bed rails are used, it is essential that the medical staff perform an on-going assessment of the patient’s physical and mental status and closely monitor high-risk patients. The facility should also consider lowering one or more sections of the bed rail, such as the foot rail, and reducing the gaps between the mattress and the side rails. It is also recommended that the facility should use a proper size mattress or mattress with raised foam edges to prevent patients from benign trapped between the mattress and rail. The failure to follow these recommended procedures can cause serious injury and harm to a patient and can give rise to a Michigan nursing home neglect lawsuit.
Our experienced Michigan nursing home neglect lawyers represent residents and their families in lawsuits involving bed rail injuries. These lawsuits seek compensation for the resident and the family for the injuries suffered. They also serve to prevent such a tragedy from happening to another resident in the future. When a resident dies due to a bed rail, we file a Michigan Wrongful Death lawsuit on behalf of the surviving family members.
If a loved one has suffered a bed rail injury in a Michigan nursing home due to neglect and abuse, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced nursing home injury lawyers. We will start working on your case immediately and gather the necessary evidence to prove and win your case. We will also get you the real answers as to what happened and how it happened.
We have a top track record of successful settlements and verdicts in nursing home neglect cases in Michigan and we can do the same for you. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means there are no legal fees or costs until you win a settlement. Call now!
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