There are many ways in which the elderly can require additional care. For example they may need full-time care such as that which can be provided in a residential or nursing home. In other cases however they may simply need the odd visit from a care service or provider, perhaps once or twice daily, to see how they are getting on.
Whatever the case may be it is normal to assume they will receive nothing but the best care in each situation. For the most part this is the case, since the vast majority of care providers (in any setting) do an outstanding job day in, day out. It is rare to come across cases where a provider is negligent in their care of the elderly, but if this should occur there is the potential to consider claiming compensation for negligent elderly care.
This can highlight the situation and hopefully provide some closure for all those concerned as well – something which is very important if someone has suffered in some way, either physically, mentally or even both. These cases are indeed rare but when they occur they can be very troublesome and upsetting.
What constitutes negligent care for the elderly?
There are many potential situations that may arise that could result in negligence. For example if employees are not properly trained by their employers to do the job they were employed to do, this could result in poor or substandard care for the elderly. Another example would occur if a carer was supposed to visit someone in their home but missed the appointment for some reason. This might leave the elderly person more vulnerable as they did not get the help they were relying on.
Could you get compensation if you have experienced a similar situation?
Claiming compensation for negligent elderly care is something that can be considered by an individual or a relative of that individual. No one wants to have cause to consider this path but in some cases it is worth doing. You must have evidence of negligence but this is something Accident Advice Helpline can assist with. Take our 30-second online test now to determine whether you might be able to claim, and then call our free 24/7 enquiry line to speak to a friendly member of our team. We are here around the clock and we’re waiting for your call.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown