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When a loved one is being looked after in a care home, we put a huge amount of trust in the home, and the carers that work there. If this trust is broken, and our family member, or loved one, suffers an injury or illness due to the negligent care provided to them, then it can be a traumatic time, and we are here to help.  
 
If you or your loved one has suffered from an injury or illness of any kind while in a care home, and you believe that it is due to negligence or mistreatment, then you could be entitled to claim for financial compensation. Our medical negligence solicitors specialising in care home claims can help you to get the compensation that you deserve. 

Have you experienced care home negligence in the last three years? 

Can I take legal action against a care home? 

Yes. If a care home or its staff has acted negligently, or offered a low standard of care, that has resulted in you or your loved one suffering from injury or illness, then you could take legal action against a care home. This would be through a care home negligence claim, and you would need to enlist the help of a specialist care home negligence solicitor, such as MG Legal. 

What is a care home negligence claim? 

We expect that when we arrange for our elderly loved ones to be looked after in a care home, that they are receiving a good standard of care. While this is largely the case in care homes across the nation, there are some exceptions in which negligence on the part of the care home itself, or care home staff, leads to poor medical care and incorrect medical treatment. 
 
In some cases, this can lead to unnecessary injury or illness to our loved ones. If you believe that this has occurred, then do not hesitate to get in touch with a medical negligence solicitor specialising in care home claims today
 
Some of the most common examples of care home negligence claims are for: 
 
Medication errors- either prescribing the wrong medication, administering the wrong medication, administering the wrong dosage of a medication, or failing to provide medication 
Fractures and broken bones from handling errors or falls from beds 
Pressure sores from negligence hygiene care- when a patient spends too long lying on a bed, or when a medical plaster is applied incorrectly on a fracture 

Can you sue a nursing home for a fall? 

If a resident suffers injuries from a slip, trip, or fall in a care home, you may be able to make a care home negligence claim on their behalf. If the care home fall occurred because the resident was not being properly supervised, or properly assisted by a member of staff, then you could make a claim for care home neglect. 
 
Similarly, if your loved one suffered from further injury or illness because their care home fall was not handled properly, or not responded to quickly enough, then you could also make a care home negligence claim for this delayed response. For more information on how slip, trip and fall claims work in care home negligence claims,  

Signs of nursing home neglect: 

If your loved one is living in a care home, or a nursing home, and you suspect that neglect may be happening, there are some warning signs to look out for. These signs alone do not constitute neglect per say, but if a resident is regularly displaying these symptoms, or is displaying a number of these symptoms, then it could be an indication that neglect is taking place. The warning signs of care home neglect include: 
Bedsores (pressure ulcers/pressure sores) 
Personal hygiene issues 
Malnutrition 
Insomnia 
Dehydration 
New or untreated medical conditions 
Significant personality changes 
Other unexplained injuries 

What causes nursing home neglect? 

While care home neglect is not intentional in the same way that care home abuse is, it is still an example of staff mistakes or negligence actions that result in them performing their job at a low standard, and providing a low quality of care. 
 
Some causes of this negligence can often include: 
Understaffing- there not being enough members of staff to adequately care for the residents 
Inadequate training- often if new staff are needed quickly, the level of training that they receive 
before starting the job is not good enough 
Negligent hiring- if inadequate background checks are done on new staff, they may not have the 
moral background you would want for somebody caring for the vulnerable 

Can I make a wrongful death care home negligence claim? 

A wrongful death is a death that has occurred due to the negligence care in a care home or nursing home. It essentially means that if the care of the resident had been of an adequate standard, they would have died when they did or in the way that they did. 
 
If your relative or loved one has died as a result of care home negligence, or poor care home treatment, then you could be eligible to make a fatal care home negligence claim. These claims must be handled with a huge amount of care and sensitivity, and our fatal accident solicitors know how important it is that they are allocated maximum attention from their allocated solicitor. If you are looking to make a wrongful death claim for care home negligence, then get in touch with MG Legal’s fatal accident solicitors today for a no-obligation discussion. 

Who can make a care home negligence claim for injury or illness? 

If you, or your relative or loved one, has been injured in a care home due to care home negligence, you may be wondering if you are eligible to make a care home negligence claim for personal injury. The answer to this question, and who should make a care home negligence claim for injuries sustained in a care home, depends on the circumstances of the care home negligence. There are a few different options to who can make a claim for care home compensation. 
 
These include: 
The family members of the injured care home resident- if the care home resident who has suffered from care home negligence is too severely injured, or does not have mental capacity to make a claim on their own behalf, the claim can be made by their immediate family members. 
Dependants of the injured person- If the victim is too badly injured to make a claim on their own behalf, or has tragically passed away as a result of the injuries, it can be up to the dependants of the victim to make the care home negligence compensation claim. 
The injured person themselves- if the victim of the injuries and care home negligence is physically and mentally sound enough to make a care home negligence compensation claim, they will be able to make the claim on their own behalf. 
 
If you have any questions or queries about whether you are eligible to make a care home negligence claim for financial compensation, get in touch with MG Legal’s care home negligence claims solicitors here, for a no-obligation discussion. 

Predicted care home staff shortages due to vaccination rules: 

 
This is part of the efforts to protect care home residents from contracting coronavirus. The government themselves predict that around 40,000 care home staff will not be fully vaccinated by this date, and therefore will no longer be able to continue working in the care industry. 
 
This is a worrying prediction regarding care home negligence, with concerns over large-scale staff shortages coming from care home managers across the nation. 
 
With staff shortages comes the risk of not enough staff being on hand to care for care home residents properly, as well as rushed and inadequate training of new staff. 
 
Both of these things are commonly associated with care home negligence, and our care home negligence solicitors are well aware that many instances of negligent care leading to the injury or illness of residents occur in these ways. 

How do you prove nursing home neglect? 

While changes in the mood and mannerism of loved ones paired with physical signs of neglect can be enough to convince loved ones that their relative is being subject to neglect and negligence in the care home they are in, it is usually not enough to win a legal claim for financial compensation. 
 
Because of the nature of care home neglect, it happening behind closed doors and often to vulnerable people with deteriorating memory function, it can be notoriously difficult to prove negligence in care home negligence claims. However, our care home claims specialist solicitors are experts in these kinds of claims, and know exactly how to navigate the claims and prove causation- that the injuries were directly caused by neglect. 
 
In doing this, your designated solicitor will leave no stone unturned when it comes to proving the neglect, including utilising medical records, witness statements, and obtaining helpful evidence and documents from the care home itself in order to support your claim. If you need help navigating a care home negligence claim, contact MG Legal’s specialist solicitors here for a no-obligation discussion. 

How to make a care home negligence injury claim: 

If you are looking to make a care home negligence claim for injuries, for that of a care home resident or care home employee, you should get in touch with a specialist injury compensation solicitor, such as MG Legal, as soon as possible. 
 
As soon as you get in touch with MG Legal, and speak to a specialist solicitor on a no-obligation basis, and you choose to work with us on your NO WIN NO FEE care home negligence claim, your designated solicitor will get to work on building your compensation claim to be as strong as possible. Our team work with leading medical specialists to form full medical reports on our clients’ injuries and illnesses, in order to best establish how they were caused and who was to blame for them. 
 
Nobody deserves to be subject to negligent care or treatment when being looked after in a care home. If you, or your relative, have been injured in any way due to the negligent actions of care home staff, then you are not alone, and many just like you have successfully won care home negligence claims for financial compensation for the injuries and suffering of the victims. 

Can I make a care home negligence claim for a home carer acting negligently?  

Yes. These claims against negligent care are not solely for cases that happen within care home facilities. If you have a carer who comes to your home to offer you medical care or assistance, and the individual or company acts negligently, then you are also eligible to make a care home negligence claim for financial compensation. 
 
See below a case study of a sucessful negligent care claim that our specialist care home negligence solicitors settled for a client, for £25,000: 
 
Earlier this year, our specialist medical negligence solicitors worked on a care home negligence claim for a client, Mr L, who had suffered from negligent treatment from his home carers. MG Legal’s client, Mr L, had been living alone after recovering from a fall, and had a care plan in place outlining the care that he should receive, and the action that should be taken if his health was to decline. 
 
Our medical negligence solicitors established that these home care visits did take place, but when Mr L began to decline, subsequently needing hospital admission, there was no action taken by the care service providers. Instead, at home carers had visited our client daily, and had made no note of his declining state, the pressure sores that he had developed across his body, or the multitude of other health concerns that had been developing. 
 
After taking on the NO WIN NO FEE care home negligence claim for financial compensation, our specialist medical negligence solicitors got in touch with a national leading medical expert in geriatric care, and obtained a full report on the case from him, including his medical opinion on whether or not Mr L’s treatment by his home carers had been neglectful or not. This is standard procedure with all of our clients, in order to build strong and robust medical negligence compensation claims. 
 
This report found that the care company in charge of Mr L’s at-home care was negligent, and that the actions of one of their carers, in particular, constituted neglect. It stated that the carer’s decision to ignore Mr L’s declining condition, and the development of pressure sores, and to not discuss these matters with his manager, had constituted neglect. The medical report also stated that Mr L required further medical services for his deteriorating state, and that his life was threatened due to the home carer’s failure to seek medical care for him. 
 
After securing this comprehensive medical report, and any further evidence available to build Mr L’s social care negligence claim, our specialist medical negligence solicitors were able to assess the situation in full, and pursue a strong care home negligence claim for financial compensation. Due to the strength of this negligence claim, and the expert evidence it included, MG Legal were able to settle Mr L’s care negligence claim for a total of £25,000. This money allowed our client to begin to rebuild his life and aid in his physical and mental recovery from the neglect. 

How long do I have to make a care home negligence claim? 

Our medical negligence solicitors understand that after any experience of care home negligence, your main focus will be on obtaining the necessary medical treatment for your loved one and ensuring their health and safety. 
 
Under the Limitation Act of 1980, you have three years from the date at which the injury-causing negligence occurred, or the date that you were made aware of it, if this is different, to make a medical negligence claim. 
 
Therefore, if you have taken some time to help your loved one to obtain medical care, then you should still be eligible to make a medical negligence claim for financial compensation. 
 
However, one thing that our care home claims solicitors would advise you to keep in mind, is that the care home claims process can be unpredictable, and there is no saying how long it will take to build a particular claim. Therefore, it is always best to get in touch with a specialist care home claims solicitor as soon as possible, and get the ball rolling on your medical negligence claim. 

What is the average payout for care home negligence claims? 

If you are looking to make a care home negligence claim for compensation, you could be wondering how much your potential claim may be worth. When your specialist care home negligence solicitors get to work on building your care home negligence claim for financial compensation, they will break the claim down into two different sections. 
 
These sections, known as general and special damages, are explained fully here. In terms of general damages, which are awarded for pain and suffering of the injuries alone, MG Legal’s specialist team of injury solicitors have put together the following table using the relevant guidelines. 
Injury description: 
Estimated compensation amount: 
Arm fracture- a simple fracture of the forearm 
£6,190 to £18,020 
Elbow fracture- a simple fracture to the elbow 
Up to £11,820 
Leg fracture- simple fractures to a femur with no damage to the articular surfaces 
£8,550 to £13,210 
Ankle fracture- a simple and undisplaced fractured ankle, varying on the likelihood of a full recovery 
Up to £12,900 
Foot fracture- simple metatarsal fractures 
Up to £12,900 
Toe fracture- a simple fractured toe 
Up to £9,010 
Significant scarring- where the worst effects have been reduced by plastic surgery leaving some cosmetic disability 
£8,550 to £28,240 
Less significant scarring- all but one scar easily hidden or camouflaged  
£3,710 to £12,900 
Trivial scarring- where the effect is minor  
£1,600 to £3,310 

How much does it cost to make a care home negligence claim with MG Legal? 

Our medical negligence solicitors accept all of our care home negligence claims on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, without exceptions. This means that after you speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor at our offices, and we agree to go forward with your claim for care home negligence, there will be no financial risk to you. If we do not win the claim on your behalf, and obtain your financial compensation, then you owe us nothing. 
 
We are able to work in this way due to the unmatched success rate of our medical negligence solicitors, which is over 99% for all of the claims that we accept. 

Make a NO WIN NO FEE care home negligence claim with MG Legal today: 

If you are looking for a friendly, hard-working team of medical negligence solicitors to guide you through the upsetting time of making a care home negligence claim, then look no further than MG Legal. Our team have over 30 years of experience, and act with compassion and sensitivity with all of our clients. 
 
We understand that this is an upsetting process to discuss and go through, but we will work in whichever way suits you best, and always with the dedication to building your care home negligence claim to be as strong as possible, and achieving the maximum amount of compensation. 
 
Simply contact us by phone, get in touch online here, or email us at enquiries@mglegal.co.uk to speak to a specialist solicitor for a free, no-obligation discussion about how our team can help you. 
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