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Many nursing home residents have trouble moving on their own. Nursing home staff often use apparatus such as Hoyer lifts and gait belts to transfer residents from bed to wheelchair to the bathroom to the car. A gait belt can provide support when walking; a Hoyer lift when a person is unable to walk. Nursing home employees should be trained in the proper use of these devices.
Failure to understand how a Hoyer Lift, gait belt or other mobility device works can result in an improper transfer of your loved one. When an elderly person sustains a fall, broken bones and infections can occur. At Aiken & Scoptur, S.C., our elder law attorneys represent people who have been injured by improper transfers.
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When an improper transfer has resulted in a fall or injury, nursing home staff should notify the individual's family and the individual's physician. Additionally, properly trained staff should be hired to provide proper care for the resident and others in the nursing home.
At Aiken & Scoptur, S.C., we aggressively pursue compensation from nursing homes whose negligent staff have caused a fall by an improper transfer. Our attorneys are dedicated to holding negligent nursing home staff accountable for their harmful actions. You can complete our online contact form and we will be in touch with you promptly.
If your loved one has been injured in an improper transfer from or to a bed, the floor, the bathroom, a car, a wheelchair or any other location, call 414-914-2803 to schedule a free consultation.