Claiming Compensation for an Accident in a Nursing Home

As the number of older people in the UK increases, so does the number of people admitted to nursing homes.  Inevitably, this means the number of accidents and injuries in nursing homes increases too.

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The decision to send a loved one to a home is a very difficult one, but you are usually assured the level of care will be high.  Nursing home staff are supposed to be highly trained and must adhere to strict guidelines.  However, if the care falls below the standard reasonably expected of a medical professional and your loved one gets hurt or injured, then you can sue the home for compensation.

What kind of injuries are suffered in a Nursing Home?

Care home owners often employ inexperienced staff who fail to understand care for the elderly.  You can make a claim for any injury resulting from the negligence of the staff, such as:

  • Pressure sores.  These result from staff not moving residents regularly either in bed or in a chair.  Pressure sores can easily get infected and lead to blood poisoning and even the need for surgery.
  • Physical abuse.  Unfortunately it does happen, either intentionally or unintentionally.  Either way, your loved one does not have to put up with it.
  • Dehydration and illness through lack of suitable nutrition.  Your loved one has the right to be fed properly.
  • Slips and trips resulting from inadequate supervision.  Care workers have a high duty of care to a resident, and are charged with looking after and keeping a close eye on your loved one.  If they fail in that duty then they are negligent and you can claim compensation for any injury.

What compensation can I claim for an injury suffered in a Nursing Home?

If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of negligence, you can make a claim for all expenses you incurred.  You will also be able to claim for the pain and suffering you and the loved one has endured.

Medical care professionals need to be punished if they are negligent.  Remember that you want to make sure that the injury, illness or abuse doesn’t happen to anyone else.

How do I claim financial compensation for an injury suffered in a Nursing Home?

  • You will need as evidence of the illness or injury, so ensure you see a doctor as soon as possible.  He can compile a medical report, detailing how the injury happened and what effect it will have on your life.
  • Keep receipts of any fees or expenses you and your loved one has incurred as a result of the injury.

It does not have to be a complicated process.  Contact us at Manners Pimblett and we can do the hard work for you.  We offer NO WIN NO FEE* agreements on personal injury matters, call one of our experts today for more information. 0845 077 0772.

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