Although many care homes are lovely places for the elderly, in rare cases these are failing their duty of care. In the past five years, the number of families complaining about the quality of care homes has doubled, with one in four families saying that care homes aren’t up to scratch.
That’s an indictment on an institution that is supposed to look after the country’s old and infirm. Instead, 25% of our seniors in care homes are unhappy with the care they are receiving from those charged with their health and well-being.
If you or your parents have experienced medical error in a care home leading to illness call us now to see if you’re eligible for compensation.
Have you experienced medical error in a care home?
The role of a care giver at care homes is to administer medicine daily, serve food, help patrons bathe and do tasks that residents are incapable of performing alone like going to the toilet. These carers are trained before they are allowed to work at care homes. They are taught how to administer medication correctly and the importance of doing so on time.
Some patrons have certain conditions and allergies that require daily medication that needs to be administered at a certain time and more than once per day and, if it’s not done correctly, those who don’t receive their medicine could fall seriously ill and need to be rushed to the hospital as a result.
Failure to administer medication, under any circumstance, is medical negligence and is grounds for claiming compensation. People who are in care homes have already had their ability to live life normally compromised. Putting the elderly through more stress is not characteristic of the type of person you want look after the old and infirm.
Many people are placed in care homes because they are too ill to live on their own or without constant support so if your health is deteriorating then that contradicts the point of a care home which is to care and nurture you for as long as possible.
How to claim if you experience medical error in a care home
Call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to discuss your claim with one of our helpful advisors. Or, if you don’t have time, take a 30-second test to see if your claim carries any weight. We have over 16 years of experience as personal injury claims specialist. We can help you claim compensation against negligent carers.
Date Published: February 19, 2017
Author: Accident Advice