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Falls in hospitals

Hospital Negligence Claims

Recently there has been a lot in the news about declining standards in nursing care. We have seen an increase in requests for help and advice concerning the provision of poor, or even non-existent, nursing care to elderly patients. If a loved one falls when in hospital or in a nursing home, they may be entitled to compensation if the fall was preventable. Nursing home fees can sometimes be recouped.

Can I make a claim?

Staff in hospital wards and nursing homes should carry out routine risk assessments and check critical factors which apply to their patients/residents including:-

  • Any previous fall
  • Any gait, balance or mobility problems or muscle weakness
  • Visual or cognitive impairment
  • Possible hazards
Who would I claim against?

The risk assessment should be recorded and shared with everyone looking after that person. Staff should be properly trained to know what to do to minimise that risk. Proper working equipment (such as hoists, walking frames and emergency call bells) should be provided and kept in good working order. The Home or ward should be adequately staffed to ensure that everyone can have the level of supervision they require to keep them safe.

What happens if someone died?

If, tragically, the fall led to a death then there will probably be an inquest and there may well be a claim on behalf of the person’s estate and direct dependents.

If you have any questions relating to a nursing home or hospital ward fall or believe one of your relatives may have a claim, please contact one of our specialist team who are highly experienced in all types of Clinical Negligence claims and can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.