Slips, trips and falls claims for compensation are always going to make up a large part of the case load of any team of South Yorkshire ‘no win, no fee*’ lawyers and the specialist falls team of South Yorkshire ‘no win, no fee*’ lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline are no exception!
There are some premises where slips, trips and falls are more likely and a care home could be classed as one of these. If one of the South Yorkshire ‘no win, no fee*’ lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline are asked to start a slip, trip or fall claim then the accident may have occurred in a care home. There are procedures and precautions that should be put in place in care homes to limit the fall risk for residents and for employees. If these are not put in place then the South Yorkshire ‘no win, no fee*’ lawyers may be able to start a personal injury claim on behalf of the injured person.
South Yorkshire ‘no win, no fee*’ lawyers and falls in care homes
There are two groups of people who may fall in a care home – the residents and the employees but residents are usually regarded as being at greater risk.
The safety precautions that should be considered when looking at the risks presented to residents should include:
- Identifying any individuals who are at particular risk – this allows suitable and adequate control measures to be put in place to control the risk.
- Identify if the individual resident has any age-related physiological changes. These are changes to their body that could make them more likely to fall. Examples would be deteriorating vision – many people find that their eye sight gets worse as they get older and this makes them less able to spot trip hazards in front of them. Older people may also have impaired judgement and memory which means that they do not see a trip hazard as potentially dangerous. They may also have altered mobility and increased frailty and dependence which means that they cannot balance or stay upright in the way that they used to.
- Identify residents who have medical conditions that make them more likely to fall. Medical professionals recognise that residents who have suffered strokes and those with dementia, fits and faints, low blood pressure, and urinary infections are more likely to suffer a fall and may require special safety procedures.
- Medication – certain medications may increase the risk of a resident falling. Some older people may have an increased sensitivity to some medications such as psychotropic drugs. It is also likely that some residents will be taking sedatives, analgesics, beta-blockers, antidepressants, diuretics and antihypertensive drugs. All of these could potentially cause an increase in the risks for a slip, trip or fall.
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