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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Care home receives £130k fine

    By David Brown on October 17, 2014

    Care home negligence resulted in a resident choking to death, a court has been told.

    Beryl Newton, 81, of Thameside home in West Molesey, Surrey, had already been identified as being at risk of choking.

    Breaking safety rules

    Supervision was required while Mrs Newton ate but during May 2011 she was left alone with food, Elmbridge Council claimed.

    Care home operator Anchor Trust was not only fined £130,000, it was also told to pay £60,000 costs.

    At an earlier Guildford Crown Court hearing, it pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking safety rules. It also admitted a breach of duty by not taking into consideration the ability of one of its care staff.

    The worker involved spoke only limited English and was unwilling or unable to keep key records, the judge heard.

    Care home operator admitted negligence

    Anchor admitted its negligence and concurred that Mrs Newton’s mistreatment fell below the expected standards.

    Anchor Trust’s David Edwards said after the hearing that it was “deeply sorry” about its care home failures that led to Mrs Newton’s “tragic” death. The trust’s compliance director added that the incident was an isolated one and that it had totally cooperated with the investigation. He says lessons from Mrs Newton’s death have been absorbed and acted on.

    Last year the home was found to be completely compliant during an inspection by independent regulator the Care Quality Commission, Mr Edwards added.

    Contact Accident Advice Helpline now

    If care home operators fail in their care duty towards residents, then a claim for medical negligence may be possible. Accident Advice Helpline, with its team of specially trained solicitors, could help in such cases.

    Its claims calculator can help claimants to work out the rough sum of compensation they could receive. AAH offers a full no win, no fee guarantee. This national law firm also has a dedicated 24/7 claims helpline on 0800 689 0500 which gives advice.

    Charity champion Esther Rantzen, who once hosted crusading consumer programme That’s Life, endorses the firm.

    Source: BBC 

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