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Nursing Home Compensation Claims

If you or a loved one has developed an illness or injury due to the negligence of carers or other nursing home staff, you may be able to claim compensation.

When someone is unable to care for themselves independently, they may need the help of carers or to be admitted to a nursing home. Usually, these people are vulnerable and rely upon the nursing staff to look after them with all aspects of their daily lives. This may involve help with their personal care, hygiene, and nutrition.

Unfortunately, there are times when the care provided by the carers or nursing home staff falls below the standard expected, which can lead to the patient sustaining injuries.

What negligence may occur?

  • Patients may suffer a fall because they were not being given enough assistance.
  • Pressure sores may develop because the patient was not given appropriate care. For example, they may not have been given an adequate mattress or subject to a proper turning regime.
  • The wrong injection may be given by a nurse.
  • The wrong medication may be given by a nurse. The consequences of being given the wrong medication or dosage can be very serious.

If you or a friend/relative has suffered any injuries due to negligent nursing care, then you may have a claim for clinical negligence. Our specialist team of Solicitors will be able to assist you with a claim. We offer free initial advice, and work on a no win, no fee basis. To find out why you should choose us please click here.

How can claiming compensation help?

Compensation can help you to achieve a sense of justice for your suffering. It also can help to improve your quality of life following your illness or injury. After receiving compensation you may be able to:

  • Pay for private medical treatment, specialist equipment, and more to help you recover from your injuries.
  • Pay for nursing care in the comfort of your own home.
  • The compensation may also be used to cover a loss of earnings resulting from your injury.

Why choose us?

Case Studies:

We help lots of clients every year just like you claim the compensation they deserve. Below is a case study. This demonstrates how we have helped clients claim compensation for nursing home negligence in the past. Please be aware that the compensation amount depends on the client’s individual situation and experiences. To see how much your claim could be worth please contact us directly.

Case Study: £20,000 in Compensation

We successfully obtained £20,000 worth of compensation for our client who suffered from a pressure sore (skin ulcer) whilst under the care of a nursing home.

  • Our client was paralysed from the shoulders down as a result of a past injury and received daily assistance from a carer in his own home. In 2012, he was admitted to a Nursing Home for respite care after his previous care package had broken down. Our client had lived in the nursing home in the past, so was well known by staff members there.
The negligent care:
  • Due to his paralysis, our Client was at very high risk of developing pressures sores.  Unfortunately, a month into his respite care it was noted that he had a red mark appear on his sacral area (bottom of his spine). A dressing was put on the wound by the staff and left for a week. The red mark deteriorated and it was noted that it had developed into a pressure sore. Although it was recorded in his records, our Client was not told.
  • Some weeks later our Client was visited at the nursing home by district nurses. The nurses assessed the sore to be between grade three and four in severity. Grade four is the most severe level of pressure sore. Sadly, the pressure sore was down to the bone and required daily dressing changes.
  • The pressure sore greatly affected our Client’s quality of life during this period. He was bed bound for many months and was not allowed to sit in order to stop pressure preventing the healing process of his sacral wound. Our Client became very depressed as he was unable to go outside in his wheelchair at all or take part in his daily activities.
  • He returned to his own home towards the end of 2012 when his care was again taken over by his carer. The District Nurses continued to visit him in order to change the dressings. The pressure sore slowly began to heal and, eventually, our Client returned to his previous standard of living.
How we helped:
  • We were instructed to purse a claim for compensation on our Client’s behalf. Following extensive initial investigations which included a full review of our Client’s medical records we brought an action against the nursing home.
  • We successfully negotiated a prompt settlement. Our Client was delighted to receive compensation in the sum of £20,000. Our Client also received an apology from the nursing home, who ensured that measures were put in place to train staff in order to avoid the same treatment failures from happening to other patients in future.

Can we help you?

Want to have a free and confidential chat in relation to a potential nursing home claim? Give our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors a call on 01244 354688.

For free advice from our Medical Negligence solicitors, please call us direct on 01244 354688

Linda Schermer-Jones

Head of the Clinical Negligence Department, Associate Director & Medical Negligence Solicitor

Kerry Goulden

Associate Director & Medical Negligence Solicitor

Liz Fry

Associate Director & Medical Negligence Solicitor

Emma Woodrow

Clinical Negligence Legal Adviser