Some people call Accident Advice Helpline because they want legal help for a trip/slip/fall in Smethwick. Often this relative is a vulnerable person who is in some form of care situation. This could be a care home or a hospital. There are many risks to people who use health and social care services and falls from windows or balconies are just one of them. These risks should be managed to reduce them to a minimum and if they have not been managed correctly then it may be possible to start a personal injury claim and Smethwick no win no fee lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline can help with this.
Getting legal help for a trip/slip/fall in Smethwick
Smethwick no win no fee lawyers can handle a wide variety of claims for falls. There are three main categories of falls in care premises and these have been named as:
- accidental falls
- falls arising out of a confused mental state
- deliberate self-harm
The risks of all three types can be controlled to some extent and if they have not been then the Smethwick no win no fee lawyers may be able to help you start a claim.
A typical accidental fall happens where a person is sitting on a window sill, or where the sill or banister height is low and acts as a pivot. As a result they are able to fall. In most cases it is the residents (or service users) that get hurt but in rare cases this type of accident has affected employees as well.
Other falls happen when a resident is in a temporary or permanent confused mental state. This can happen very commonly in care situations and may be because the resident is affected by:
- senility or dementia
- reduced mental capacity
- mental disorder
- alcohol or drugs (both prescribed and illegal)
A full risk assessment of the risks presented to each resident should be carried out and reviewed on a regular basis. Risks can change very quickly in the care environment and continuous reviews are often needed.
Some accidents occur because individuals try to escape from an environment because they believe it to be unsafe, frightening or dangerous. They may think that a window is a legitimate way to exit the building are not aware that it is not on ground level. This can especially happen if the resident is unfamiliar with their new surroundings and can be a particular concern during short stays at respite care centres. It is also more likely to occur at uncomfortable temperatures and when the resident is experiencing broken sleep or the effects of medication.
Date Published: 12th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry