Transport Injuries in Nursing Homes

As people age, many experience difficulty walking. This can lead to an inability to care for one’s self by cooking, bathing, and cleaning which causes some people to enter nursing homes.

Many nursing residents can walk with the help of a mobility aid like a cane or a walker. But even those who can walk unassisted may have difficulty sitting up from a reclining position or standing after they’ve been sitting.

Nursing home transport injuries occur when an employee causes a resident to fall or handles him or her too roughly while helping the resident change positions or transfer into or out of a wheelchair. Though these injuries can seem like accidents, they could actually be the result of penny-pinching by nursing home administrators or poor training of employees.

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of such mistreatment, contact the Ohio nursing home abuse lawyers at Slater & Zurz LLP for a FREE evaluation of your case.

How Transport Injuries Happen

Falls are the most common type of injury for senior citizens, and bathing or showering are particularly dangerous. Consider all the steps involved in giving a person a bath if he or she has mobility problems.

First, a nursing home worker needs to move the resident into a wheelchair or help her walk to the bathroom. Then the worker needs to undress the resident and help her get into the bathtub. After bathing the resident, the worker needs to dry and dress her and take her back to their room.

This can be exhausting for the resident and the worker, and if the worker isn’t physically strong enough to lift the resident, an injury can occur. Handling senior citizens requires not just strength but a gentle touch because their bones tend to be brittle. You can’t lift an elderly person the same way you would a bag of groceries.

There are safety devices that help seniors transfer into and out of bathtubs, but some nursing home administrators try to save money by not purchasing this equipment. Workers are also frequently under trained as a cost-cutting measure, so they may not know how to use the equipment they do have.

Your loved ones deserve the best, so when you entrust them to a nursing home, you expect their safety and well-being will be protected. If this trust has been broken and your loved one was injured in a nursing home transport injury, contact the Ohio nursing home abuse lawyers of Slater & Zurz LLP by calling 1-800-297-9191 for a FREE consultation and find out what remedies are available. You may also send a Blog Message to schedule a time to talk.

To learn more about nursing home abuse and neglect in Ohio, please visit www.stopohionursinghomeabuse.com.

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