We all go into hospital with the hope of receiving medical treatment that will improve or cure our existing illnesses and injuries. Although some accidents can’t be avoided, slips, trips and falls in the hospital can lead to some serious health issues for patients, their friends and their family.
Although children and adults of all ages require hospital services, typically, a high number of elderly people do need medical attention in hospital. Suffering from a slip, trip and fall when elderly and frail puts patients in a particularly vulnerable position, which may cause serious injury including fractures and immobility.
Slips, trips and falls: Causes and prevention of a hospital accident
Multiple circumstances may cause slips, trips and falls in hospitals, such as unsigned slippery flooring, non-obvious steps and misplaced equipment.
The risk of a hospital accident can be reduced if members of the general public are vigilant and remain aware of their surroundings, and hospitals complete thorough assessments to ensure that all hazards are noted and dealt with accordingly.
If you suffer from a hospital accident that you believe was the fault of the hospital, you may want to claim compensation for the injury you incurred.
Is it wrong to claim compensation from the NHS?
While in hospital, the NHS has a duty to ensure the health and safety of its patients. This duty of care covers all aspects of your hospital experience, from how you are treated and timeliness, to the maintenance of the hospital and your dinners on ward.
When you sustain an injury at hospital due to an issue that the hospital has caused or failed to address, the hospital has failed in their legal requirement to guarantee your well-being while you are in their care.
If you are able to prove that the slip, trip or fall you experienced was at the fault of the hospital, then you have every right to claim compensation for failure to meet their legal requirement.
How to process your claim
To get the ball rolling on a personal injury claim, look online at Accident Advice Helpline’s website. On the site you will find a compensation calculator, also known as the ’30-second test’. This brief form collects the basic details of your case and provides the legal firm with enough information to determine if you have a case worth pursuing.
On a no win, no fee basis, Accident Advice Helpline will assign your case to one of their specialist lawyers who will make every effort to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to for your hospital-related injury.
To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown