The last thing you would want to hear about if you have a relative or loved one in a care home nearby is care worker negligence. Fortunately, such things rarely happen, which is why cases that do occur tend to hit the headlines. The majority of workers in this industry are caring and considerate individuals, doing everything they can to make the lives of those staying in care homes as happy as they can be.
However, there have been isolated cases where care workers have been found to have been negligent in their treatment of the people they have been tasked to look after. This may be because their own actions fall far below the standards expected, or because there is an insufficient number of staff to handle all the tasks that must be done.
What would be viewed as care worker negligence?
Inappropriate treatment of a resident by a care worker would undoubtedly fall into this category. Very few cases of this nature ever arise, but they can occur occasionally. For instance, a care worker may be required to help a resident get up from a chair, or move from their bed into a chair, and yet they do so with a lack of care and attention, hurting the resident in the process.
Neglecting to deliver the correct medication, leaving a resident on their own in the bath when they should always be monitored, or perhaps leaving them to walk on their own when they require help – all these things could potentially be negligent. It is vital to seek evidence of negligence if you suspect something of this nature has occurred, so you can see whether you have a case.
Find out today whether you could claim on behalf of a relative
If you’ve been alerted to a potential case of care worker negligence, perhaps because your relative has suffered injuries while staying in a home, you should do all you can to find out whether compensation might be a possibility.
The best way to do this is to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or to use your mobile to ring our team on 0333 500 0993. We cater for many people who want to know more about claiming compensation in a wide range of situations, including those stemming from potential care worker negligence. Call now to find out more.