Leicester Crown Court has heard a case involving the death of an 85-year-old resident who was staying in a care home in the area and died as a result of injuries sustained there. Walter Powley was admitted to the home following advice from an occupational therapist, who said he was no longer able to be left on his own at home in case he fell. His risk of falling was deemed to be high enough that he required additional care.
He moved into Western Park View care home in May 2012. Just four days after he moved in he fell in his room. The accident caused him to suffer severe burns to his right leg when he became trapped between a radiator and a wardrobe. A health and safety investigation of the scene of the accident found that the radiator was extremely hot to touch and was completely uncovered. It also determined that the care home had not done enough to assess the risks posed by Mr Powley’s room, even though they knew of his risk of falling. A fine of £100,000 was handed down along with a further £35,000 to be paid to cover the costs of bringing the case.
How often can accidents in care homes and other locations be prevented?
Care homes offer excellent care for their residents. The vast majority are staffed by caring and qualified professionals who undertake risk assessments that are tailored towards each client and each situation. Incidents like this are exceptionally rare, thanks to the care that is given by the vast majority of professionals. The majority of potential hazards are spotted and dealt with so they do not provide a danger to anyone who is in the vicinity. If these radiators had been covered they would have been safe and the gentleman would not have died.
Does this case show similarities to an accident you have experienced?
No accident is pleasant but if you suspect someone else might have been responsible for an accident you have suffered within the last three years, you should get in touch with the team at Accident Advice Helpline now. Make sure you call 0800 689 0500 today – this is our free 24/7 enquiry line so you can get an answer whenever you like. Alternatively make sure you take the fast 30-second online test if you want to make sure you have a chance of getting a quick answer.
Date Published: February 22, 2015
Author: David Brown