Falls in Hospital Or Care Homes
All hospitals and care homes in the UK have a duty of care towards patients which includes ensuring the correct provisions are in place to minimise the risk of the patient falling, either due to their age or medication they may be on.
Patients should have a full risk assessment carried out when they are admitted to hospital. This might include the care of a nurse to help them go to the toilet or move around the hospital, or ‘cot sides’ being put on their bed to prevent the rolling on to the floor during their sleep, or possibly using sensors to warn when a patient is trying to get up. Or simply putting the patient in a bed close to the nurse’s station.
A failure to undertake a full risk assessment for each individual patient within their care could lead to a clinical negligence claim, should that patient have a fall that should have been avoided.
If you believe that you or a family member has had unsatisfactory care which has resulted in a fall in hospital that could have been avoided, Liddy’s clinical negligence solicitors are here to help.
If you would like to know more or speak to one of our team in confidence about a claim you may have, please just call our Barnsley office on 01226 731 314, our Wakefield office on 01924 780 753, or contact us here.