The West Sussex ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline can deal with a variety of claims that arise in care homes. These are premises where elderly or infirm people are cared for with varying degrees of support. Health and safety is paramount in this type of premises to keep both the residents and employees safe. One of the recognised risks to health in this kind of premises is the risk from burning and scalding. The West Sussex ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers would become involved if the injury was someone else’s fault – often as a result of something that they have done or have not done. The West Sussex ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers would help the ill person to start a claim for compensation (money) for their illness.
West Sussex ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers and hot water accidents in care homes
It is well recognised that vulnerable residents are at risk when they are undergoing whole-body immersion. Professional bathing practice has to be introduced if these risks rea to be controlled. One of these controls would be testing the water temperatures using a suitable thermometer which will provide additional reassurance.
However, there are also engineering controls that could help. Some controls will ensure that water is prevented from being discharged at greater than 44 °C at points where whole body immersion is likely. A bath is an obvious example.
Risks can also arise from electric showers. These devices are likely to have a temperature regulator and it should be possible to control the temperature of the water that is discharged but water may still be discharged above 44 °if there are fluctuations in flow or pressure of the water. This can still present a risk to vulnerable people and additional safety measures may be required.
West Sussex ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers and hot surface accidents in care homes
Radiators and hot pipe work are the obvious source of burn risk in care homes. If it is possible that a resident will come into prolonged contact with this sort of equipment then it should be designed or covered so that the maximum accessible surface temperature does not exceed 43 °C. It is also possible to reduce the risk of burns from hot surfaces further by:
- Providing heat emitters with low surface temperatures – even if a resident comes into contact with them they will not get burnt
- Locating sources of heat out of reach – for example very high up
- Guarding the heated areas – one example would be a radiator cover
The main risk appears to arise in bedrooms and bathrooms and so heat sources in these rooms should receive particular attention and consideration.
Date Published: 6th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry