The Somerset no win no fee lawyers at the leading law firm Accident Advice Helpline can deal with a wide range of personal injury claims. Some are started by people who were previously completely fit and well – an example would be a well person getting injured in a car accident. The Somerset no win no fee lawyers would help them to start a compensation claim against the driver that was to blame for the accident.
However, sometimes the person who has been injured was vulnerable or ill before the accident. This does not prevent them from having the right to start a personal injury claim. Ill people who are being treated in hospital may have the right to start a personal injury claim if the medical staff looking after them have been negligent and their health has suffered as a result. Also, residents of care homes and hospitals may have the right to start personal injury claims if their health and safety has not been safeguarded adequately. The Somerset no win no fee lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline can advise you further on this.
The role of Somerset no win no fee lawyers in accidents in care homes and hospitals
One of the common accidents in care homes and hospitals is slips, trips and falls. A fall can be extremely serious if it is from a height – such as down a stair well or out of a high window. These falls can be life threatening. The operator of a care home or hospital should risk assess this situation and it this has not been done properly and an accident has occurred then Somerset no win no fee lawyers may be able to start a claim for compensation.
The risk assessment needs to consider falls from windows and balconies and both the physical premises (the buildings etc) and the service users (patients or residents) need to be assessed. The assessment may identify that individuals are at risk from falls – if this is the case then adequate arrangements should be put in place to control that risk. It is not acceptable to just assume that a window is inaccessible to a vulnerable resident because it looks as if they couldn’t reach it! The risk assessment must look at furniture and other items that could be used by a confused resident or patient to climb over a barrier and access a window that seemed inaccessible.
There will be many situations where control measures have to be put in place. Sometimes this will be things like adequate window restrictors that are suitable for the particular windows that the care home or hospital has installed. Suitable screens and barriers may also be required in some situations.
Date Published: 12th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry