Patients requiring specialist nursing care are at their most vulnerable and it is vital they receive the detailed attention set out in their individual care plan.

However, recent stories in the media have highlighted the fact that care and nursing home patients are also vulnerable to neglect as well as negligence.

Distressing incidents of abuse, such as widely reported at Winterbourne View Care Home would indicate that appalling treatment of the vulnerable is not uncommon. Where abuse is suspected, the clinical negligence team at Geldards can help patients, or those acting on their behalf to make a compensation claim.

Notwithstanding such abuse, care and nursing home residents require a sympathetic, caring approach and comprehensive, professional medical attention. Those in charge of vulnerable patients need to be constantly aware of the challenges they may present as a failure to make adequate provision may result in injuries.

In addition to cases involving neglect and abuse, other claims may result from:

  • Administering the wrong medication.
  • Failures to provide adequate nutrition/hydration.
  • Failures to follow correct protocols.
  • Failure to appropriately risk-assess a patient.
  • Failures to notice a decline in patient’s condition.

Care and nursing home patients are also particularly susceptible to falls and developing pressure sores due to their infirmity and incapacity.

The team at Geldards has experience in acting for many Claimants in cases involving care homes and nursing homes. If you would like to discuss your case or any aspect of funding a claim further please contact a member of our specialist medical negligence team for a free initial consultation.


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