Good nursing homes take great care to ensure residents are well looked after and cared for.
Sadly, in recent years increased scrutiny has revealed that many are not of an acceptable standard and in the worst cases incidents of neglect and abuse have been uncovered.
In their 2014/15 report on adult social care services the Care Quality Commission stated:
“Safety is our biggest concern: of those we inspected, a third required improvement for safety and 10% were rated inadequate for safety. In these services, contributory factors were staffing levels, understanding and reporting safeguarding concerns, and poor medicines management”
When a loved one enters a nursing home they are often in a vulnerable position. They may be in failing health and their resilience to injury reduced. Both they and their family are placing great trust in the nursing home and rightly expect a reasonable standard of care. When this is not met, there can serious and long lasting consequences.
The most common failings we see which result in injuries in nursing homes are:
- Medication errors
- Failure to prevent pressure sores
- Injuries and fractures from falls or handling errors
- Failing to ensure patients are well nourished and hydrated
If you or a family member may have suffered an injury as a result of failings in care provided at a nursing home then you may be entitled to compensation.
We at Freemans have a wealth of experience in dealing with all types of Clinical Negligence claims. We know that the injuries suffered by elderly patients can leave both them and their families feeling helpless, angry and anxious. Using our knowledge and expertise we will ensure that your claim is investigated fully in a sensitive manner. We will work tirelessly to ensure that not only is compensation secured for the pain and losses caused by the injuries suffered but that support and any further treatment and rehabilitation needed can be sought.
Please call one of our solicitors today on 0191 222 1030 for a free consultation in relation to your claim or complete our website enquiry form.