South Gloucestershire no win no fee* lawyers work on many cases that arise from care homes. A huge number of people are employed in the care home setting – many more are resident in one. As the population of the UK becomes more elderly this is set to increase.
Care homes present a unique health and safety challenge as the operators try to balance up the safety of residents (and quite exacting health and safety requirements) with the dignity and comfort of residents. Some care homes get it right and some get it wrong.
If a resident or member of staff is hurt in an accident in a care home that was no fault of their own then the South Gloucestershire no win no fee* lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline can help. They may be able to assist the injured person in starting a personal injury claim and may be able to win them some compensation.
South Gloucestershire no win no fee* lawyers and care homes
A significant number of injuries to employees in care homes that are dealt with by South Gloucestershire no win no fee* lawyers involve moving and handling people. It is inevitable that some residents will need help to move around safely and to participate in activities. Some care home residents will need physical assistance with bathing, dressing and other personal tasks. As a result staff need to move and handle patients a lot of the time.
It is essential that employees adopt good moving and handling practices because if they don’t then they could be hurt and South Gloucestershire no win no fee* lawyers can become involved. Good moving and handling practices take a great deal of thought to put together. An initial risk assessment is required followed by the provision of appropriate equipment. These have to be combined with adequate training for staff.
Inappropriate lifting techniques can lead to back pain and musculoskeletal disorders. In the case of the employee these can lead to disability and people being unable to work. A personal injury claim may be pursued. The resident may also be hurt and may want to start a personal injury claim themselves. Work in care homes can involve:
- Putting down
- Carrying loads and equipment in the laundry
- Carrying things around the kitchen
- Carrying things around the stores
- Carrying cleaning and maintenance equipment
The South Gloucestershire no win no fee* lawyers may make reference to some pieces of legislation as they try and establish if anyone was to blame for the accident. Two relevant pieces of legislation may be :
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
Date Published: 12th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry