Nursing home abuse in Kentucky can result from negligence, intentional actions or the misuse of objects. If your loved one was seriously injured by the use of restraints, then you may be able to pursue a claim against the worker or nursing home facility. A Kentucky nursing home abuse law firm can explain what legal options may be available.
Restraints are sometimes used to manage an out-of control patient. But even in cases such as this, there are always other alternatives. Unfortunately, many residents are victimized by the use of restraints for no other reason than a caregiver avoiding the necessity of hands-on care.
They may be used as a convenience to the caregiver or a way to keep a resident isolated. In any event, they can lead to serious, even life-threatening injuries.
In the past, nursing homes used physical restraints such as:
- bed rails;
- lap belts;
- wrist ties; and
- special chairs to assist them in controlling their patients.
In addition to de-humanizing patients, the use of restraints was attributed to rapid physical deterioration and increased rates of patient injury.
Injuries Associated with the Use of Restraints during Nursing Home Abuse in Kentucky
Using restraints can oftentimes create injuries rather than prevent them. A patient who is fighting against the use of a restraint could fall, leading to head trauma, broken bones or other injuries.
Restraints may also lead to strangulation. If restraints are used to immobilize a patient for long periods of time, the patient will be at risk of developing bedsores. Left untreated, bedsores can lead to the destruction of tissue, muscle and bones.
Other conditions that can be caused by restraints:
- decreased bone and muscle mass;
- incontinence; and
Has Your Loved One Been Injured In A Nursing Home?
If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.