In many cases, elderly patients are put into a nursing care home so they can receive the professional medical and day-to-day social care they need. Sadly, there are cases where elderly people are suffering mental, physical and even sexual abuse in the hands of their carers.
Negligent Elderly Care – how it can arise
It could be that a relative or a loved one has received inadequate care in a care home, or this neglect or lack of care has caused further complications to their illness, perhaps because of medication not being administered correctly. An elderly relative may have had a fall which could’ve been prevented, or they may be receiving physical abuse or neglect from the carers, i.e. not receiving enough food and water, or being washed and cleaned properly.
If your elderly relative suffers from dementia, Alzheimer’s or any other medical condition of old age and has been left unsupervised in a hospital ward or a nursing home, then it may be possible to claim medical negligence compensation. There are, of course, many other reasons why an elderly person might not receive adequate care and which could give rise to a compensation claim – and this includes poorly trained staff or a lack of supervision.
If you’ve tried to contact the care home or hospital to air your concerns about the care that your loved one is receiving and there has still be no improvement, then in all of the above circumstances, then you should consider contacting a specialist medical negligence lawyer who will be able to give you and your loved ones the compensation you deserve for the distress you have suffered – and provide you with impartial advice about your claim and inform you of your realistic chances of success.