There are times when the care given to elderly and vulnerable people is unacceptably poor, and sadly care home residents may be injured as a result of negligence. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors offer a free consultation about claiming compensation on a 'No Win, No Fee' basis. Call us on 0800 916 9049 or contact us online.
98% of our Clinical & Medical Negligence Claims are funded through a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is more commonly known as a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement.
When you contact Slater & Gordon and provide us with the details of what happened, we can assess your case based on the information that you provide; and help you understand whether or not you have a claim for compensation.
We can offer immediate representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in the UK from our offices in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Sheffield, Newcastle, Wakefield, Cambridge; or from our meeting rooms in Bramhall, Cheshire.
Call Slater & Gordon for a free consultation on freephone 0800 916 9049 or contact us online and we'll contact you.
Common Care Home Claims include:
• Pressure ulcers and pressure sores
• Medication errors
• Injuries and fractures from falls or handling errors
Pressure Sore Claims
Pressure sores or ulcers can develop where a patient’s skin is in contact with the bed for a long period of time. Plaster sores can also form where a plaster is put on incorrectly after a fracture. The risk is higher where a patient is elderly, ill, immobile or diabetic, and if their skin is in poor condition. Pressure sores can be very serious. They can be painful and take a long time to heal, and some do not heal at all. They can lead to infection, and they can restrict the patient’s ability to walk or move.
Medication & Prescription Error Claims
Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to prescription or medical errors. Some people may not be aware of what the correct prescription should be, and people who are frail may be more vulnerable to the effects of the wrong medication. Injuries and fractures from falls or handling errors
Elderly people may be vulnerable to injuries from falls in care homes, particularly if they are not provided with appropriate mobility aids or adequately supervised. Sometimes careless handling can cause injuries. Not every injury in a care home is caused by negligence, but some accidents are avoidable with proper care.
Care & Nursing Home Compensation Claims
Slater & Gordon Lawyers’ expert medical negligence team has recovered large awards of compensation from accidents in care homes. These have included:
- Failure to prevent pressure sores by providing an adequate mattress, necessary equipment or a proper turning regime
- Failure to ensure that residents have wheelchairs or walking frames to hand
- Careless handling when transferring residents between beds, chairs, etc.
- Medication errors
Importance of Care Home Compensation Claims
Compensation may be very important for the quality of life of people who develop disability because of pressure sores or plaster sores. Compensation can enable them to have:
- Private medical treatment, avoiding delays and in greater comfort than in NHS hospitals
- Nursing care at home
- Help with housework
- Money to make good any loss of earnings
Recent care home claims press coverage
- Hospital unit faces new claim from husband of Susannah Anley
- Care home shamed after elderly woman left unable to walk
- NHS elderly care ‘condemns many to an early death’
- Inquest criticises poor NHS care of deceased Manchester woman
- Alan Simper dies after failings at a leading care home.
Compassion in Care
Slater & Gordon Lawyers support the work done by Eileen Chubb and the charity Compassion in Care.
Call our Clinical & Medical Negligence Solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9049 or start your compensation claim online and we'll call you.
Solicitors at Slater & Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK charity for patient safety and justice, and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
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