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Falls and fall-related injuries are an increasingly common and serious problem for older people. Although some are unavoidable, when a person at high risk of falls is in hospital or in community care, there should be measures in place to protect them. Yet often this fails to happen.
At Penningtons Manches Cooper, we can advise you if you believe that you or a relative have suffered injury from a preventable fall while under medical or nursing supervision. Such incidents can have devastating consequences, including disabling fractures, brain injury and even death. They may result in prolonged hospital stays or hospital admissions that would otherwise have been avoided. For the injured person, this can mean a premature loss of independent living.
As experts in hospital fall claims, we will assess the situation, advise you as to what steps you can take and pursue a compensation claim against the appropriate defendant. We have helped patients in many parts of the country and have also represented bereaved relatives. In a high proportion of cases, simple yet effective measures to minimise the risk of falls occurring – such as providing adequate mobility aids, ensuring access to patient call bells, accompanying patients to the bathroom and installing lowered beds and crash mats - are not put in place.
Recognised for our sympathetic yet practical approach, we are committed to ensuring patients are awarded adequate compensation to fund the care or treatment which may be needed to help them recover from injuries. Our lawyers also support campaigns to promote the services and interventions that can help reduce the risk of a fall and encourage older people to get active in later life.
Our experienced team specialises in:
Securing compensation for a woman admitted to hospital with severe rectal bleeding who was at high risk of fainting. She was left to go to the toilet alone when she believed she was re-bleeding and suffered significant facial fractures, dental injuries and scarring.
Pursuing a claim for an elderly woman with severe disabilities who fell from a hoist while she was being supervised by an untrained carer provided through the local social services. She suffered complex fractures and has been unable to return to community living.
Representing a bereaved family at an inquest into the death of a woman with dementia and physical disabilities, who was left to move unassisted and without the mobility equipment she required. She fell onto her head, sustaining a fatal brain injury.
Clinical negligence team achieves settlement for delayed diagnosis of subdural haematoma in elderly patient following a fall in hospital
More than negligence: considering claims under the Human Rights Act 1998
Remedial order to update the Fatal Accidents Act – the implications in elderly deaths
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