If you or a loved one have been hurt or injured while under the protection of a care home, you could have a medical negligence claim against the care provider.
What is care home negligence?
Care home negligence is where someone who lives in a care home is subjected to poor treatment. Recent research by Which? found that half of England's care homes are not meeting required standards. Hearing that someone has been mistreated in a place where they should be safe is never easy to handle, but our solicitors are specially trained to deal with your case as sensitively as possible.
There are many examples of care home negligence, with some of the most common being:
Wrongly identifying medical issues; or not identifying them at all.
Care home residents could be given the wrong medication, which may result in new illnesses developing.
- Abuse from staff:
This could include not being able to visit a patient, changes in their behaviour and unexplained cuts and bruises.
- Mental health problems:
Often through substandard care, issues such as anxiety, depression and a feeling of being withdrawn can develop.
- Failure to provide food and water:
A lack of nutrition and hydration is a prime example of care home negligence; it’s needed to help stave off illness.
How can I tell if a relative has been abused?
No one likes to think that a relative has been abused while supposedly in care. But it's important to look out for the tell-tale signs of abuse, which include: unexplained bruises, cuts, burns or other abrasions to the skin. There’s also bed sores, hesitation from staff to let you visit or refusing to leave you alone with your relative, and the patient being over-medicated.
If you suspect that your relative may have been abused, it's important that you contact First4Lawyers as soon as you can. Our specially trained solicitors have the necessary experience to be able to handle your case with utmost sensitivity.
Who could be at fault?
In almost all cases of care home negligence, the care home owners are at fault for negligence. They are responsible for ensuring that all residents are looked after with dignity and get all the medical attention they need. Individual members of staff found to be abusing patients can also be claimed against.
How long do I have to claim?
In most cases, you can make a claim within three years of the first sign of neglect. We recommend that you get in touch with us as soon as you can, so our team of solicitors have as much time as possible to make absolutely sure that you're able to get the outcome that you deserve.
A relative has been a victim of care home negligence. What should I do?
You should consider contacting First4Lawyers. You can start by making a claim, though if you'd simply like to discuss anything about the incident with us, then you're more than welcome to call us using the number at the top of the page to talk it over - 0800 567 7866.