Care Home Injury Claim
When your elderly or vulnerable loved ones are placed in a care home (also known as a nursing home), you have the right to expect a certain level of care and protection for their health and safety.
What are the most common types of care home injuries in nursing homes?
Several scenarios can result in care home injuries, for example:
Pressure ulcers and pressure sores are both medical conditions
Pressure sores or ulcers can develop in a variety of situations, including:
- For an extended period, a patient’s skin is in contact with the bed.
- After a fracture, plaster is applied incorrectly.
Pressure sores can be painful and take a long time to heal; in some cases, they never heal. This type of sore can cause infection and limit the patient’s ability to walk or move.
Medication and prescription errors can result in serious, even life-threatening conditions, or make an elderly person very ill rather than helping them recover.
How much can you claim for medical negligence that occurred in a care home?
Naturally, each medical negligence case is unique, and the final amount of compensation awarded will be determined by the severity of the injury and its impact on your life.
You will also be able to seek compensation for any financial losses you have suffered, as well as the cost of any additional care, rehabilitation, or treatment that is required.
The majority of people who live in care homes receive excellent care. However, there are exceptions when care homes and their staff fail to provide adequate medical treatment and care, resulting in loved ones becoming ill or injured. If this occurs, you may be able to seek compensation for care home injuries.
If you believe you have a medical negligence care home claim, you should seek advice from a solicitor who specializes in care home and nursing home claims as soon as possible, as time limits apply in England.
Errors in medication and prescriptions
- Incorrect medication administration
- Failure to maintain meticulous and current records of the patient’s medical history
- Failure to provide clear instructions
- Misdiagnosis, which fails to prescribe the appropriate medication
Neglect and abuse injuries
In other cases, the families of care home residents are shocked to learn that an injury was caused by abuse or intentional neglect. In these cases, you will need the assistance of a legal expert to demonstrate that the injury was caused by deliberate abuse rather than by the person’s age or an unavoidable accident.