Although wheelchairs are designed to help people who have physical issues, they can be a source of injury if not used correctly. It’s estimated that there are over 100,000 emergency room visits every year for wheelchair injuries, which has doubled over the past couple of decades.
Surprisingly, many of these wheelchair injuries occur in medical settings such as nursing homes. Despite the fact that these injuries can be easily prevented, in many cases negligent staff members do not take the proper precautions to prevent such accidents. Medical institutions, including nursing homes, have a responsibility to their patients to ensure their safety, particularly those patients who are confined to wheelchairs.
Many accidents involving wheelchairs occur when a patient is being transferred to or from the wheelchair. The staff members may not properly assist the patient, or the patient may be left in a situation where he or she feels forced to transfer alone. Some other common issues involving wheelchairs include bed sores from being left in the wheelchair too long, body parts getting caught in the moving parts of a wheelchair, and wheel locks or brakes not being used properly.
Wheelchair accidents can be prevented by nursing homes through proper training, proper maintenance of wheelchairs, and keeping the nursing home safe and clutter-free. If your loved one was hurt in a wheelchair accident in a nursing home, you should speak with an attorney. Your loved one may be eligible to receive financial compensation. If you are in the Houston area, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit us on YouTube to learn more about our practice.