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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

    Hospital Accidents: Defective bed

    A stay in hospital is normally stressful enough but surprise problems and complications arising and causing you a personal injury can make it more distressing.

    Whatever the original reason behind your admission, it’s important that you don’t let accidents in hospitals further blight your experience.

    How can I avoid hospital accidents such as slips, trips and falls?

    The first step in staying safe in hospital is to recognise your own frailties. The fact that you are in hospital is a clear indicator that all is not well, and you are likely to only further exacerbate these problems by trying to do too much on your own.

    Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s assistance in getting out of bed or a helping hand to walk around, hospital staff are there to help.

    What about hospital accidents from faulty equipment like a defective bed?

    It’s an unfortunate fact that accidents do still happen no matter how careful you yourself are. Defective beds, for example, have caused any number of personal injuries in hospitals over the years. These adverse events can have serious consequences and typically include:

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    –  The lower and raise remote for the bed malfunctioning leaving the patient in supreme discomfort.

    –  The bedside railings collapsing or breaking, causing the patient to fall out during sleep or even whilst having a fit.

    –  The support structure of the bed breaking, causing the bed to collapse.

    If my bed is defective, whose fault is it?

    Just like supermarkets and other public buildings have an obligation to ensure that their centre is safe for visitors and consumers and that the risks of slip and fall injuries are minimal, so hospitals have a duty of care for their patients beyond the reasons behind their admission.

    Beds should be regularly tested and inspected to ensure they meet the required standards to keep the patient both as safe and as comfortable as possible.

    Injuries from malfunctioning tools and products such as beds can cause considerable injuries and distress during what is already a difficult, often traumatic, time.

    What can I do if I suffer an accident from a defective bed?

    If you suffer injuries from an accident in a hospital then you may be eligible to claim for personal injury compensation.

    Providing your claim meets certain criteria, Accident Advice Helpline can take it from initial consultation right through to a conclusion, usually out of court, on a no win, no fee basis. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: January 13, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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