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Accidents in Care Homes
If you or a loved one have been injured in a care home due to an act of negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the pain and suffering caused. The expert team from JMW Solicitors can help you seek redress and get the compensation you deserve.
If you are an employee, you should visit our accidents at work page for more information on how we can help you.
How JMW Can Help
JMW’s expert team has a wealth of experience pursuing compensation for residents who have sustained injuries due to accidents in care and nursing homes. Our team of solicitors will handle your claim with care and empathy, keeping you informed every step of the way.
People living in care homes are often there because they require more support and assistance than can be provided from a part-time or full-time carer in their home environment, and this makes them vulnerable.
If you suffer an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to claim for compensation to help you make a recovery from your injury. This will provide you with financial support that could help you to pay for any medical or mental health services that you require, or aid support provided by family and friends during recovery from an injury.
Common Accidents Suffered by Service Users
There are a number of common accidents and incidents that care home service users may experience, regardless of whether the care home is for elderly people, or those with physical disabilities. These include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Accidents arising from lack of mobility aids
- Improper handling out of bed and from the toilet
- Prescription and medication errors
- Pressure sores and ulcers
The government sets strict rules on the standard of care that should be provided to residents of a care home. If they are not adhered to by care home workers, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Common Accidents that Care Home Staff May Suffer
Care home staff members can sustain injuries in a variety of ways, including:
- Lifting and moving patients from beds and seats
- Helping patients out of toilets and showers
- Attacks from violent patients or family members
- Tripping and falling down stairs or over obstructions
Injuries may also occur if there are fewer than the allocated number of staff to care for a service user who has been identified as requiring assistance from one than one staff member during various times of day.
It is an employer’s duty to ensure that procedures are in place to reduce the risks of injury in a care home. If they have failed to keep you from harm, you may be able to make a compensation claim. Visit our injuries at work page for more information on how you can do this.
Signs of Neglect
There are a number of warning signs that can point towards a care home’s failure to look after a service user. They can include changes to the service user’s appearance, such as:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts and grazes
- Weight loss
- Lack of personal hygiene
Or, changes in their behaviour, including appearing more fearful than usual.
It may be difficult for the service user to discuss these incidents in detail, which is why it is important to employ a professional solicitor that you trust.