The decision to move a loved one into a care home can be fraught and difficult for all involved, so it is understandable that you will want to seek reassurance that your parent or family member will be treated with the utmost respect and concern. Unfortunately, some care home environments do occasionally fail to live up to the standards set by the healthcare industry and, in these circumstances, you may be eligible to bring a claim for compensation against the organisation responsible for negligence regarding your relative. On this page, you will find information relating to the criteria for making a claim, together with details of how our team can help you.
Here at McCarthy + Co, we have many years of experience in assisting people who have received negligent medical treatment in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Our specialist team of medical negligence solicitors will listen to your story and help you to quickly ascertain if you have a case. If we can assist you, we will provide you with all the support that you need to help you win the compensation that your loved one deserves.
Bringing a care home negligence claim
Despite negative news stories, those who reside in care homes usually enjoy an excellent standard of care. However, failings by care homes and their staff do occur which can lead to a loved one becoming injured or ill. If any of the following scenarios sound familiar to you, our team might be able to take on your case and help you to bring a compensation claim.
- Medication and prescription errors – your relative was administered the wrong medication or misdiagnosed with a condition which led to incorrect medication being prescribed.
- Pressure ulcers and sores – your relative developed these due to being left in bed for very long periods of time or due to a plaster being correctly administered following a fracture.
- Injuries related to falls and handling errors – which occurred due to your relative not being provided with adequate mobility aids, not being adequately supervised or due to being carelessly handled by staff.
- Injuries related to neglect or abuse – sadly, there may be times where injuries are inflicted on care home residents deliberately.
If you believe this is the case with your relative, you will need legal expertise on your side to help you prove that the injuries sustained were deliberate and not caused by accident.
How do I make a start on bringing my claim?
If you believe your relative has suffered negligent care whilst in a care home setting, it is important to collect as much evidence as possible regarding their mistreatment. Once you have documented everything, you should then seek the advice of specialist medical negligence solicitors, who will investigate your claim and help you to determine the likelihood of winning your case and the levels of compensation you might be able to expect.
Some links relating to this topic that you may find useful.
- NHI – Nursing Homes Ireland
- Ombudsman – The Ombudsman and private nursing homes
- The Journal – Nursing home complaints
About McCarthy + Co
With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with medical negligence claims, McCarthy + Co. has experience bringing claims relating to a wide variety of healthcare settings, including hospices and care homes. We are a family-run business, who pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.
Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.
If your relative has suffered whilst resident in a care home, contact our solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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