According to the National Office for Statistics, in 2016, malnutrition, dehydration and falls were listed as either the underlying cause of death or mentioned as a contributory factor for 1389 deaths throughout UK care homes.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident while being looked after by a professional carer, our claims solicitors are here to help you, contact us for free legal advice from our expert solicitors.
Care home and respite care No Win No Fee claims
Almost all of our care home or respite care accident claims cases are conducted on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning we only take a fee if we win compensation on your behalf, therefore there is no financial risk to you.
Care home and respite care accidents explained
Care home or respite care for your loved one can be an incredible relief for you personally. However, it can put you in a terrible situation if your loved one suffered an injury due to someone else's negligence, for example, while being looked after by a professional carer.
We have the understanding and experience to handle such a claim with the utmost sensitivity. If someone else's actions or negligence were even partly to blame for your loved one's injury, please get in touch with us to establish your full legal position.
Common causes and types of care home and respite care accidents
We are sure that all carers try to do their best to keep your loved ones safe. However, accidents in a care home can still happen and sometimes, another party can be held responsible for it. These are common cases we've helped with:
- Unsafe equipment: where the care home or carer did not maintain the equipment properly or left potentially dangerous objects lying around.
- Slips, trips or falls: where spillages have not been cleaned in time, for example, in the shower or the care home cafeteria.
- Unsafe or unsuitable furniture: where the patients have to use furniture, that is not suitable for their condition.
- Unprofessional treatment: where patients get ill due to malnutrition, dehydration, untreated pressure sores or septicaemia.
These accidents can lead to all sorts of injuries and even fatal consequences. If your child, parent, spouse or other loved one is suffering from an accident due to someone else's negligence, you can claim compensation on their behalf.
What can I claim for?
If you or a loved one have experienced an accident while being looked after by a professional carer, you can claim compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- Rehabilitation and treatment
My mum is in a care home and received the wrong medication. Can I claim compensation?
It is usually the duty of the carers to make sure that patients receive the correct medication. Taking the wrong medication is therefore often due to the negligence of the care home. If your mother has been ill or injured because of the wrong medication, you can claim compensation. Contact us to establish your full legal position.
Our disabled son injured himself with a kitchen knife while he was being looked after by a sitting service. He should not have had access to the kitchen. Can we claim compensation?
As trained professionals, the sitting service should be aware of the condition of your son and they should know how to look after him. The injuries to your son are therefore the result of someone else's negligence so yes, you may have the right to claim compensation. Contact us to establish your full legal position.
How much can I claim for a care home and respite care accident?
It completely depends on your injury and the impact it has on your life. If the injury was caused due to someone else's negligence, your claim for pain and suffering could be worth several thousands of pounds. For more information call us on freephone 0800 083 5045 or try our online personal injury claims calculator.