If you or a loved one has been affected by care home abuse or neglect, Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help. Our medical negligence solicitors offer an initial consultation about claiming compensation for abuse or neglect on a No Win No Fee basis. Please call freephone 0808 175 8000 or contact us online and we’ll call you.
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.
Common medical negligence care home claims include:
- Pressure ulcers and pressure sores
- Errors in administering medication - such as neglecting to administer medication, administering too much or administering the wrong medication
- 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 much more serious than you may imagine. They can be painful and take a long time to heal, and some don’t heal at all. This kind of sore can lead to infection, and they may restrict the patient’s ability to walk or move.
Care home staff should aim to prevent pressure sores as much as possible due to the pain and discomfort they can cause to elderly patients. If you or a loved one has suffered from pressure sores or a complication developing from pressure sores, and the injury could have been prevented, you could claim care home negligence compensation.
To find out more about pressure sore claims and whether you have a valid case, please call our care home negligence claims team on freephone 0808 175 8000. Our solicitors will take the details of what happened and offer expert advice on what to do next, as well as how much compensation you could expect to receive if you win your case. Alternatively, start your claim online.
Medication and prescription error claims
Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to prescription or medication errors. Some people may not be aware of what the correct prescription is, and people who are frail may be more vulnerable to the effects of the wrong medication.
Care home and nursing staff should be trained in administering medication properly. Just as important as competence and attention in administering medication in care homes is proper record keeping. Each resident or patient’s records should be meticulous and up-to-date, to help prevent errors in medication.
If a hospital or care home facility fails to adequately train staff, monitor standards or keep meticulous records, a mistake in administering medication can easily happen. In turn, this can lead to serious and even life-threatening conditions, and at the very least make an elderly person very ill rather than helping them to recover.
If you or a family member has been administered the wrong medication, you could have a claim for care home negligence compensation. Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help - please call us on freephone 0808 175 8000 or use our online contact form to get in touch.
Injuries and fractures from falls and handling errors
Elderly people may be vulnerable to injuries from falls in care homes, particularly if they aren’t provided with appropriate mobility aids or aren’t 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.
In other cases, the families of care home residents are horrified to discover that an injury has been caused by abuse or deliberate neglect. In these circumstances, you need a legal expert on your side to help prove that the injury was caused by deliberate abuse, and not by the person’s age or an unavoidable accident. Slater and Gordon have a team of experts who specialise in elderly abuse and can help prove your case, and get the justice you deserve.
Why care home compensation is important
In cases of care home negligence, compensation may be very important for the quality of life of people who’ve unnecessarily suffered as a result of what happened. They may develop disabilities because of pressure sores or plaster sores, suffer complications as a result of mistakes in administering medication or find themselves facing emotional and psychological problems. Compensation can help to pay for:
- Private medical treatment, avoiding delays and offering greater comfort than NHS hospitals
- Nursing care at home
- Help with housework
- Loss of earnings for family members who’ve had to step in and care for the elderly individual
- Adjustments to the home, if needed, to help with access and ease of getting around
Knowing that compensation can cover these costs can make a big difference to the lives of people who’ve experienced care home negligence, and their families. It can offer peace of mind that financial pressures won’t be a problem, so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation.
Starting a care home negligence compensation claim
When you contact Slater and Gordon to provide us with the details of what happened, we can assess your case based on the information you provide and help you understand whether or not you have a claim for compensation.
We can provide immediate representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in the UK from our offices in major cities nationwide. Wherever you live and whatever the details of the case, our experienced care home negligence solicitors can provide reliable legal advice you can trust.
Please call Slater and Gordon Lawyers for an initial consultation on freephone 0808 175 8000.
Our care and nursing home compensation claims
After decades building an exceptional reputation in this area of personal injury law, Slater and Gordon Lawyers’ expert medical negligence team has recovered large awards of compensation for 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 and other pieces of furniture
- Medication errors
If you’re not sure whether you can claim compensation, simply give our care home negligence claims team a call on freephone 0808 175 8000 and we’ll be happy to help.
98% of our clinical and medical negligence claims are funded by a No Win No Fee agreement, which is formally called a Conditional Fee Agreement. This means there’s no financial risk to you if you wish to start a claim.
Many of the solicitors at Slater and 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).