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Care Home Solicitors

A care home should be a safe, secure place for elderley and vulnerable people.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

If you have a loved one who has been mistreated in a care home, our specialist team of care home solicitors is here to provide the support and advice you need and help you get the compensation you deserve.

To discuss your case with a care home lawyer, call us today on 0161 979 0793.

How we can help

Our team specialises in care home negligence claims. We have the expertise required to guide you through the claims process and make it as stress-free as possible, so you can focus on supporting your family during an undoubtedly difficult time.

We understand how difficult it is knowing a loved one has suffered, which is why we aim to make the claims process as simple as possible for you and maintain constant communication, meaning you’ll always be aware of the status of your complaint. 

In-depth knowledge of the care sector means our team knows exactly what needs to be done at all times. So you can move forward in complete confidence from the moment you start your claim.

And if you’re unsure if making a clinical negligence claim against your care home is the right step, we offer a free initial consultation, where our team will discuss your situation and provide confidential advice on the best way to ensure you and your loved one receive justice for all care home neglect suffered.

What is care home abuse?

Care home abuse and neglect take many forms. Whatever they may be, however, poor care can have a devastating impact on the victim and the victim’s family. Some common examples include:

  • Failure to regularly reposition residents, resulting in the development of pressure sores

  • Not providing a sufficient amount of food and drink, leading to malnourishment and dehydration

  • Rough handling when moving or repositioning residents, leading to bruises and other abrasions on the skin

  • Making errors with medicines, including providing incorrect prescriptions or dosages, resulting in the potential for serious health complications

  • Poor hygiene practices which could potentially lead to the victim suffering from infections or illnesses

Although these are the most common cases of abuse, there are many other things a negligent care home could be doing to cause your loved one pain and suffering. 

If you’re worried your loved one might be suffering from abusive or negligent care, contact our care home lawyers today on 0161 979 0793 for specialist legal advice.

How can I tell if my relative has suffered abuse or neglect?

There are several factors we recommend looking for if you’re worried someone you know may be suffering abuse or neglect in a care home:

  • If they have lost a lot of weight recently for no obvious reason they may be undereating

  • When visiting, take the chance to check for any pressure sores or ulcers. The presence of these is often the first sign of neglect

  • Look for any bruises or other marks on the skin which could be caused by rough handling

  • Do they seem fearful or otherwise withdrawn? This may be caused by verbal abuse or threats from workers or residents and should be approached sensitively

  • Check their medication to ensure everything is as expected

By paying close attention, it is often possible to catch signs of abuse early. Whenever you become aware of it, however, it’s important to react quickly, both to ensure you and your loved one receive justice and to protect future residents.

Care home negligence: the statistics

We now live in a rapidly-aging society where care homes and nursing homes are under more strain than ever before. This increase in pressure has resulted in a significant increase in care home neglect cases, with a 2018 study showing the odds of poor behaviour being reported in a care home increased by 19% when staff felt overworked and stressed.

The same study, which asked a series of questions to 1,500 care workers across 92 nursing and care homes, found staff had witnessed or taken part in ‘troubling behaviour in the last three months in 91 of the homes.

Perhaps most worryingly, the authors felt their findings, which included 20% of respondents saying residents weren’t given enough time to eat food, were ‘the tip of the iceberg’

In addition, the Care Quality Commission has recently released figures which show 25% of care homes aren’t safe and 33% of nursing homes aren’t supplying safe levels of care.

In this environment, it is vital that you pay close attention to any care home residents you know and ensure negligent facilities are held to account.

Claiming compensation for care home neglect

If you are worried someone you love is suffering from abuse or being neglected in a care home, contact our team of care home solicitors today to start your care home negligence claim.

Call us now on 0161 979 0793 or fill in the form below to arrange your free consultation.

 

 

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