We can help you or a loved one make a care home negligence claim
It can be difficult to see someone close to you grow old – all elderly people deserve a high standard of care to make sure they’re comfortable, safe are properly looked after. If a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a care home or nursing home, we know how wrong that can feel.
Aside from helping to pay for private medical treatment and covering the costs of an injury, making a compensation claim can help to improve care standards. When claims are made against care homes, this can highlight safety issues so changes are made to avoid the same injury happening to someone else.
For free impartial advice, or to find out whether you could make a compensation claim, you can get in touch with us on 0800 376 0150. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and will never rush or pressure you into claiming.
Types of care home negligence
Because most elderly people are so reliant on those around them, there are a lot of different types of care home negligence. Unfortunately, negligence can have a serious effect on the health of an elderly person.
Some elderly people don’t know the correct medication or dosage they need, and so they rely on care home staff to do this for them. If mistakes are made and the wrong medication or dose is given, then this can have serious consequences.
Falls or handling errors
Patients in care homes are at risk of falling. To avoid this, they should be provided with the mobility aids and equipment they need to move around, as well as supervision.
Staff should also be properly trained to lift patients safely, as incorrect lifting can cause injuries.
Pressure sore claims
Pressure sores, also known as pressure ulcers, happen when a patient’s skin is left in contact with a bed for a long period of time. They’re very painful, and can lead to other serious problems such as infection, gangrene and blood poisoning.
Pressure sores are common in care homes and hospitals, especially with patients or residents who spend a long period of time in bed. Staff in care homes, nursing homes and hospitals should make sure patients are regularly moved, and that they’re given suitable beds. They should also carry out frequent checks of patients to look for areas where sores might develop, as they can sometimes form quite quickly.
Claiming on behalf of a loved one
We know some elderly people will be unable to make a claim on their own. If you’re reading this on behalf of a loved one, we can help you claim on their behalf.
The first step is to get in touch with us for free on 0800 376 0150. We’ll be able to help you understand what claiming involves and can let you know whether you could make a claim. If you decide you’d like to go ahead, we can pass you to a care home negligence solicitor who can help you through the next steps.