Wheelchairs are designed to help people who are injured, permanently disabled, or have other serious challenges. Annually, there are over 100,000 visits to emergency rooms in the U.S. because of injuries related to wheelchairs. Many of these accidents occurred in nursing home settings.
A study on wheelchair injuries found that about three-fourths of the injuries were attributable to falls from wheelchairs or the chairs tipping over. The most common injuries were broken bones, cuts and bruises. About 70 percent of the injuries occurred in elderly individuals. Among the elderly who were hurt in wheelchair accidents, 94 percent of the accidents occurred either at home or in a medical institution such as a nursing home.
If a person has an accident involving a wheelchair while in a nursing home, it’s typically because the nursing home was negligent in some way. Nursing homes have a duty to keep their patients safe, particularly those who are confined to a wheelchair and need assistance. The home must take proper safety precautions as well as to come quickly when a patient calls, which will prevent the patient from attempting to move on his or her own. Nursing homes also have a duty to properly train their staff and to make sure the wheelchairs are kept in good working order.
If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home accident involving a wheelchair, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about our law firm on Twitter. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.