Nursing Home Wheelchair Injury
One of the more common ways nursing home and other elder care facility residents suffer serious injuries and death is from wheelchair fall injury incidents. There are many ways that that injuries can occur including from wheelchairs tipping over, resident’s falling from the chair, injury to feet from dropping.
According to phc-online.com, many activities require the wheelchair user to reach, bend and transfer in and out of the wheelchair. These movements will cause a change to normal balance, center-of-gravity, and weight distribution of the wheelchair. To determine and establish your particular safety limits, practice bending, reaching and transferring activities in several combinations in the presence of another individual BEFORE attempting active use of the wheelchair.
Proper positioning is essential for your safety. When reaching, leaning, bending sideways or forward, it is important to use the casters as a tool to maintain stability and balance.
According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, webpage on selecting wheelchairs, there are many things to consider when selecting a wheelchair, from how to get the best fit to how it will suit your home. Learn from community members on how to select and maintain your wheelchair.
Information About Wheelchair Injury
According to the National Institute of Health, in 2003, more than 100,000 wheelchair related injuries were treated in emergency departments in the US, double the number reported in 1991. Tips and falls accounted for 65–80% of injuries across all age groups of wheelchair users. The majority of children’s injuries occurred at locations outside of homes and institutions/hospitals in environments with stairs, ramps, and curbs (57.3%). In contrast, injuries among adult users were more likely to occur in homes, hospitals, and institutions (45–90%).
For more information see: Falls from Wheelchairs
Minnesota Wheelchair Injury Lawyer
If you have concerns about medication errors, improper use of medical equipment, falls or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com. There is no fee unless there is a verdict or settlement offer by wrongdoer.