The lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline often specialise in one type of accident so that they can provide the very best level of service to their clients. Some of the lawyers have specialised in car accidents whilst others have specialised in accidents in care homes and may be able to help you make a negligence claim in South Somerset.
Increasing numbers of the population are now housed in care homes as the UK population becomes more elderly and needs further support with everyday living. As a result, a great number of people are now employed in the caring professions. On the whole, care homes are very safe places to work and live but accidents can occur and sometimes a resident or member of staff are hurt in an incident that was not their own fault.
When the lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline get involved in this it is often because they have been asked to start a personal injury claim on behalf of the person that is injured. They may be looking at the following questions.
Questions that lawyers may consider in relation to a negligence claim in South Somerset
A proportion of care home accidents may involve electric profiling beds. These are the beds that are powered by electricity and which can move up and down and alter the back support for a resident. They are extremely useful and save a lot of manual handling tasks. Hoists and lifts are also used on a regular basis. However, a lot of planning and thought should be carried out before any lifting is undertaken. Here are some examples of the sorts of questions that a care home operator should be asking themselves to make sure that the lawyers from Accident Advice Helpline do not get involved.
- Have all the hazardous moving and handling tasks in the home been properly assessed? Has this assessment been recorded and was it carried out by a competent person taking all the relevant factors into account?
- Does the care home have person-centred moving and handling plans in place and are they readily available?
- Are the person-centred moving and handling plans specific about different handling tasks and the equipment that should be used for that task?
- Are the plans reviewed periodically? It is especially important to review them when a person’s needs change. This may be because they have become less mobile and more dependent or because they have developed a particular health condition.
- Are the employees at the care home competent to carry out moving and handling techniques safely?
- Is the moving and handling equipment sufficient and appropriate for the task that it is being used for?
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Date Published: 6th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry