Although there are very select occasions on which it is reasonable for nursing home staff to restrain a patient, unfortunately, some staff may use physical or chemical restraints on residents without proper cause, and this improper use of restraints can constitute nursing home abuse. Some of the most common types of restraints that may be indications of nursing home abuse can include:
- Hand mitts
- Restrictive jackets or straps that tie nursing home residents to furniture (such as a bed or chair)
- Bedrail restraints
- Administration of certain medications to try to subdue patients.
It’s important to note that the only instances in which it is permissible for nursing home staff to use restraints on residents include when:
- The resident may pose a threat to his own safety or the safety of others.
- A doctor has prescribed the use of restraints for a specific period of time.
- There is an emergency situation.
Restraints cannot be used simply to control residents, limit their activities or make it easier for staff to “deal with” residents.
Effects of Improper Use of Restraints
Although you will not be able to monitor the actions of nursing home staff around the clock to ensure that they are, in fact, properly using restraints, knowing the signs of improper use of restraints can help you identify when or if your loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse. Some indications of the improper use of restraints can include:
- Physical injuries, such as bedsores or wrist and/or ankle damage
- Diminished mental capacity, such as disorientation, depression or an inability to process thoughts, when chemical restraints are being used.
St. Louis Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers and Lawsuits
The St. Louis nursing home abuse lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in nursing home abuse cases, catastrophic injury cases, traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
If you have suspect that restraints may have been improperly used on your loved one at a nursing home, our Missouri and Illinois nursing home abuse lawyers encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.