The number of accidents that have occurred in nursing homes involving wheelchairs has risen over the last two decades at an alarming rate. Many of these wheelchair accidents can be avoided with proper staff training and precautionary measures but are allowed to occur due to negligence on part of nursing care companies and staff members. When companies place profit above quality of care, the only way to improve nursing care is to hold negligent facilities liable and provide consequences for their actions that encourage change. The Chicago Injury Center is a leading personal injury law firm in Illinois whose nursing home abuse attorneys represent those who have been harmed in accidents that could have easily been avoided.
Types of Wheelchair Accidents
Wheelchairs provide mobility to those who would otherwise be unable to get around due to injuries or conditions which prevent them from walking. Failure to properly train staff members on proper and safe wheelchair usage contributes greatly to the occurrence of injuries sustained by wheelchairs and neglect also plays an important role. The most common wheelchair injuries include the following.
- Transfers in and out of the wheelchair. When moving a patient into or out of a wheelchair onto a bed, a chair, bathing area or rest room, care must be taken to ensure that the patient does not fall and that the wheels of the wheelchair are locked and secure.
- Pinch point accidents. A pinch point is a location where two moving parts are able to crush an object. When a patient’s limb is caught in a pinch point, the resulting injuries can include broken or crushed bones or severe contusions.
- Bedsores. If a patient has been in a wheelchair for an extended period of time or there is insufficient padding on the seating surface, pressure sores can form as a result.
- Vehicle lock down failure. When transporting patients in vehicles who are in wheelchairs, it is important to ensure that the wheelchair is properly locked down so that it cannot fall over when the vehicle turns or stops suddenly.
Investigating the Cause of Your Loved One’s Injury
When negligent actions result in physical harm, the facility charged with the care of the injured patient is liable for the cost of medical treatment as well as the pain and suffering that is endured. If your loved one has been injured while under the care of a nursing facility, contact the Chicago Injury Center for a free consultation so that we can review the details of your case and determine if the staff members of the facility contributed either directly or through negligent actions or failure to take the necessary precautionary measures. Our offices are located throughout the greater Chicago area and Illinois and we are able to travel to see you if you are unable to make the trip to us.
If for any reason at all we are unable to collect damages on your behalf, our services are free of charge.