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Nursing Home Restraints, Nursing Home Injuries and Your Legal Rights


Providing Legal Assistance Following Nursing Home Negligence and Injuries in New York

Nursing home negligence is comparable to medical negligence in that, in both instances, clear and established standards of care are in place. When accidents and injuries occur, a logical first question is “did a failure to follow standards of care cause this injury or fatality?”

The question of standards of care applies to the use of restraints in nursing homes. Restraints are sometimes used in instances where a resident is prone to or has a history of harming others, leaving the premises, falling from a bed or similar item or harming him or herself. Examples of physical restraint include:

  • Vests, straps/belts and limb ties
  • Chairs that tip backwards to restrict exit
  • Tightly tucked sheets
  • Bed rails
  • Chemical restraints like sedatives, antipsychotics, and anxiolytics
  • Door locks
  • Electronic surveillance

Nursing homes are allowed to use restraints in instances where a patient will benefit. Restraint use that causes injury, though, is suspect, as are restraints that are used due to:

  • Negligence and abuse
  • A shortage of manpower
  • Failure to follow a doctor’s orders regarding restraints

If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home and you have questions regarding the use of any type of restraint used on him or her, contact the The Pryor Law Firm. Our firm has served the New York City area for two decades. In that time, we have investigated dozens of nursing home injury cases and have achieved the high-value results clients and their loved ones need and deserve in numerous cases.

Firm founder and attorney Kenneth A. Pryor is a member in the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is an experienced trial lawyer and he teaches trial skills as an adjunct law school professor. Our firm can provide the knowledgeable and experienced legal representation you need.

The Pryor Law Firm operates offices in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Nassau County, operates exclusively on a contingency fee basis (meaning you pay no fee unless we recover compensation for you) and can visit you or your loved one at home or at a hospital if travel is difficult. To contact us for help following a nursing home accident, call (855) 889-5311.

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