Many care home operators are aware of the risks of burning and scalding that can be presented to their residents. They know that in order to avoid accidents and to avoid actions by the West Yorkshire ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline they will have to make a general assessment of all of the potential sources of hot water and hot surfaces in the home.
However, they may not be aware that in order to reduce the possibility of actions by the West Yorkshire ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers they should also consider the risks presented to each individual resident.
West Yorkshire ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers – assessing individual risk
Many care home operators avoid any claims by West Yorkshire ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers by thoroughly assessing the risks that are presented to an individual resident. They consider the resident’s mental state and assess whether it results in the resident not being able to recognise or react to water or a surface that is too hot. They also consider how likely it is that the resident will try and run a bath or shower or add water to a bath when they are unattended. Of course, not all residents will be left unattended in a bath or shower. The resident’s lack of mobility may mean that they are unable to respond safely to hot water or surfaces. In practice this means that they will not be able to jump out of a hot bath before they get scalded or move away from a hot radiator before they get burned.
Some residents will have an impaired sensitivity to heat – some medical conditions such as diabetes can cause damage to the peripheral nerves of the body and residents may be burning themselves without realising it. The risk assessment also has to consider if the resident is able to summon assistance if they get into difficulties with a hot shower or a hot surface. There may be furniture or fixings in the residents room that may make it difficult for them to get away from a heat source, such as a radiator, if they were to fall against it.
The West Yorkshire ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers would first establish who was to blame for the accident – this is called establishing liability. As their name suggests, the West Yorkshire ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline will be pleased to handle you case on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. This means that you will not be asked to pay any upfront legal fees to get your claim started. They will handle all of the legal aspects of the claim leaving you to focus on recovering.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 6th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry