Care home negligence on the rise

Reports about care home abuse seem to be in the news on an ever-increasing frequency.

Pressure sore claims

One of the most common injuries resulting from care home negligence is that of pressure sores, which depending on the severity, can result in a medical negligence claim.

Pressure sore claims can be made when care or nursing home residents are kept in one position without any attempt to move them. By the very nature of a care home, the residents may not be independently mobile, and in some cases, may be bedridden. In all instances, the staff should be ensuring that patients are moved regularly to ensure that bed sores do not develop.

Not only are bed sores, or pressure ulcers, painful, but they can lead to further infection if they are subsequently not managed correctly. Many residents of care homes rely on the staff to help them with day to day hygiene and mobility, and if a home is understaffed, there is a risk of early warnings of bed sores being missed.

Care home claims

If you feel that your loved one has not received adequate care whilst in the care of a nursing home, you may be eligible to make a claim. This is likely to be a very emotional time for you so it is vital you receive the correct advice for you to make a successful nursing home negligence claim. Although pressure sore compensation can be the most common reason for a claim, dehydration and malnutrition are also common reasons for claiming compensation.

Pressure sore compensation

You may be apprehensive about making a claim, which is why it is essential you get professional advice from a specialist medical negligence solicitor. Compensation for care home negligence can be helpful in continuing to provide care for your relative, which, with increasing care costs, could be very useful.

Incidents of pressure ulcers

Care home deaths graph where pressure sores were named on death certificatePressure sores do not just occur in residents of care homes. Anyone who is sedentary for long periods of time can be vulnerable to developing them. Hospital patients with limited mobility and are admitted long term as inpatients are another high-risk group.
Data provided by the NHS shows the number of deaths in care homes where beds sores were mentioned on the death certificate, between 2013 and 2017.

As the statistics show, it is unusual for death to occur from an occurrence of a bed sore. However, the discomfort caused should not be underestimated. Find out more about making a pressure sore claim.

Get expert legal advice

Call today and speak to Zoe Diss, specialist medical negligence solicitor. Find out if you could claim compensation.

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