The Danger of Bedrails and the Elderly

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The New York Times recently wrote a good piece about a lawsuit currently taking place in Wisconsin.  The elderly nursing home resident died by asphyxiation.  He was found with his neck caught between his mattress or bed frame and the bedrail.
The federal government and the State of Wisconsin have both warned of the danger of bedrails at nursing homes and the elderly.
The article has an interesting quote:

“Rails decrease your risk of falling by 10 to 15 percent, but they increase the risk of injury by about 20 percent because they change the geometry of the fall,” he explained in an interview. Confused or demented patients who try to climb over the rails, instead of falling from a lower level and landing on their knees or legs, are apt to fall farther and strike their heads.

If your or someone you know has suffered an injury at a nursing home be sure to research and interview the attorneys you intend to hire.  Feel free to contact me for any help you may need.

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