Care homes and nursing homes owe a duty of care to their residents to ensure they are safe.
There are situations where a care home can breach this duty of care and neglect their residents. The treatment/care given to vulnerable people, such as the elderly, must be unsatisfactorily sub-standard and result in harm or injury. If this has occurred, then a claim may be brought and you could receive compensation.
Common types of care home claims include –
- Not providing enough food or water, which can lead to problems such as dehydration;
- Injuries or fractures as a result of the way a professional has handled the resident or staff failing to supervise the resident;
- Medication and prescription errors – for example, giving incorrect medication or a missed prescription;
- Bed sores - grading of 3 or 4 should be 'never' events, namely that if care is being provided to the appropriate standard, these should never happen.
We have dealt with cases of a resident escaping and suffering injury, residents wandering and accessing areas they shouldn't resulting in harm, failures in supervision resulting in harm and a failure properly and in a timely fashion to seek secondary care after deterioration in health.