If you think of a slip, trip or fall accident in a care home then you may be picturing an elderly resident who may have fallen because of poor eyesight and balance coupled with deteriorating health. However, as the Southampton ‘no win, no fee*’ lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline are well aware – this is not the whole picture.
Employees are also at risk of slips, trips and falls in a care home environment and, as they are at work, they may be entitled to start claims for compensation if the accident was not their own fault. Our lawyers can look at the circumstances of the accident and assess whether someone else was to blame.
They may look at the environmental factors that were operating at the time of the accident and the Southampton ‘no win, no fee*’ lawyers may conclude that the environment caused the accident. It is often the care home operator (employer) who is in control of the environment and so they may be to blame.
If you’ve been hurt at work in Southampton and you want to find out more about making a claim, contact us today.
Making a claim if you’ve been hurt at work in Southampton
An accident may have occurred because slip-resistant flooring was not used in an environment when the floor will be frequently contaminated. For example, you would expect a bathroom floor to be frequently contaminated with water and a kitchen floor to be frequently contaminated with cooking ingredients which may include grease and oil.
It is common for changes in floor surface, such as stepping from carpet to a smooth floor or the other way around, to cause a trip hazard for people who have impaired vision or mobility. Where floor levels change, it is safer to clearly identified them and many care homes choose to put handrails at these points so that residents can steady themselves if they need to. It is not always appropriate to use highly reflective materials because these are sometimes perceived as a barrier for people with dementia and this may add to their distress. Although in other circumstances this may be exactly what is needed if it is not safe for people with dementia to pass a particular point.
Many slips and trips happen because a floor surface has become contaminated with a substance that is slippery. All of the following can cause a slip hazard in a care home:
- Talcum powder
- Cleaning substances
The best method of preventing slips and falls is to stop the floor from becoming contaminated in the first place. This can be achieved by organising tasks to minimise the risk of spillages. However, if spillages cannot be eliminated altogether then effective cleaning is the next best safety measure.
To find out more about making a claim if you’ve been hurt at work in Southampton, call Accident Advice Helpline 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