I agree with the answer already posted. I have litigated these matters both on the plaintiff and defendant side. You have a legal right to the patient's records (which may include a note that the patient fell and broker her hip and that medical care was rendered to her after the fall). Incident reports are not part of the medical records and are considered confidential. Without legal representation, your request will not be honored. From what you have posted you have the foundation for a lawsuit. Most medical institutions will consider a claim on this type a medical malpractice case since the lack of guard rails can be seen as a failure to follow existing protocols. Such lawsuits are very technical and require an experienced attorney and appropriate experts. You can call me at 908-400-5585 if you wish to discuss your legal options in Ocean County.
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Most institutions will not voluntarily release this type of incident report. You may be able to get it when if you file a personal injury case as part of the court process.
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