Accident Advice Helpline are a leading personal injury law firm who can supply a team of South Staffordshire no win no fee* experts to work on your personal injury claim. Some of these South Staffordshire no win no fee* experts will be particularly well-suited to your type of claim – one example would be a manual handling accident in a care home. Employees sometimes consult South Staffordshire no win no fee* experts because they have been injured in accidents that were not their own fault – they want to start a claim for compensation to get some money for their injuries and for the money that they have lost because they are injured. This is things like lost wages and extra child care bills. Here is an example of how care homes can avoid accidents and avoid becoming involved in personal injury claims.
Accidents involving hoists in care homes – the role of South Staffordshire no win no fee* experts
It is easy to imagine how an accident could occur whilst using a hoist and sling and how both a member of staff and a resident could end up getting hurt and needing the services of a personal injury lawyer. It may be possible that an accident would happen because the operators of the care home have not allocated the correct number of employees to operate the hoist and sling. The number of staff required for hoisting can vary and depends on the needs of the individual resident that is being moved and the specific hoisting transfers that are required. In many care homes there will be some residents who can safely use a hoist without assistance whereas at the other end of the scale there will be residents who need assistance from a number of staff. A comprehensive risk assessment is needed prior to the lift and the risk assessment must consider:
- The resident that is being assisted in the lift and what their needs are
- The environment within which the list is being carried out (floor space, lighting and so on)
- The specific hoisting transfers that are being used
- The equipment that needs to be provided to make the transfer safe for both the resident and employees
- How the sling is going to be applied
- The individuals who are carrying out the moving and handling tasks – their capabilities and their training.
The assessment often concludes that at least two carers are needed – one of the carers will operate the hoist and the other will help to keep the resident in a safe position during the transfer. They would also maintain the cooperation of the resident (if any is needed) and provide direct reassurance to the resident who may find the transfer distressing and painful.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.
Date Published: 6th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry