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Care Home Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect Compensation Claims

Moving a loved one into a care home can be upsetting, since it means accepting the fact that they are no longer able to look after themselves alone.

Knowing that they are in safe hands in their home makes you feel a lot better about moving them, but if you begin to suspect that abuse or neglect is occurring it can feel like the world is crashing down around you.

We understand that if your parent or loved one is suffering at the hands of those supposed to be caring for them, you will understandably be upset and angry.

It is possible to make a claim against the home, which can get you the compensation you may need to fund another care home and bring neglectful or abusive staff to justice.

Signs of Care Home Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect

Noticing signs of care home abuse and nursing home neglect is awful, but one thing to bear in mind is your loved one’s condition.

It may not always be easy to distinguish between side effects of your loved one’s incapacity and genuine signs of neglect.

However, there are a number of warning signs to be on the watch for;

  • Bed sores, or lack of treatment of them
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Over/under medication
  • Unexplained injuries

If you notice one or many of these signs, your first move should be to talk to a member of staff in the care home.

It may be that they have not yet got round to telling you that your loved one’s medication dosage has been raised or reduced.

In the UK today there are constant growing shortages of staff in care homes, so bear this in mind when noticing a sign.

This doesn’t mean that your loved one is not being neglected though – neglect or abuse does not have to be intentional and may occur due to lack of staff.

Abuse in a Care Home

Care home abuse does unfortunately happen, accidentally and intentionally.

Abuse comes in different forms, so be on the look out for the following signs;

  • Discrimination – uncharacteristic bursts of anger, withdrawal, low self-esteem
  • Financial – missing possessions or funds, not able to pay for care
  • Neglect – unexplainable weight loss, inappropriate clothes or bedding, general poor physical condition
  • Physical – unexplainable injuries, bruising, burns, malnutrition, bed sores
  • Psychological – unable to sleep, not hungry, feeling anxious, confused or fearful
  • Sexual – changes in behaviour, torn or soiled clothing, intimate injuries

If you notice any of the above signs, you must tell somebody – preferably a senior member of staff in the care home.

It is also advisable that you make a safeguarding referral to your local social services, who can deal with the issue in the appropriate manner.

Specialist Care Home Neglect Solicitors

Here at AWH we understand that knowing your loved one has suffered because of the negligence of a care provider is very hurtful.

We want you to understand that by no means do you have to sit back and accept what has occurred – you and your loved one have the right to justice.

Our team of specialist care home neglect and negligence solicitors can help your family move forward.

We promise to always approach every case with sensitivity and honesty: we want you to feel like you’re in safe hands with us.

How to Pursue Care Home Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect Compensation Claims

If you wish to claim against a care home for negligence it may seem a little bit daunting, but don’t worry – our solicitors will help you feel at ease.

To begin with, all we need is an outline of what has happened, and if we think you have potential to claim we can move forward with you from there.

If you or your loved one has suffered financially, perhaps due to having to re-home or if you have had to miss work to care for them, then we can win you the compensation needed to make up for these losses.

Our primary concern is the wellbeing of our clients and their families.

The AWH Promise to You

We strongly believe that you have the right to feel safe and secure with our team, especially considering your circumstances.

We promise to fully investigate, gather evidence and seek professional advice if necessary in order to make your claim as strong as possible.

If you would like to start a care home neglect claim please contact us on 0844 414 0667 for your free initial consultation.

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