Medical Negligence of the Elderly

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How to claim compensation for medical negligence in nursing homes or hospitals


It’s a fact that many of us are forced to place our elderly parents or relatives into nursing homes where we hope they will receive the personal and professional old age care services they need.

But the sad truth is that in many nursing homes and even hospital wards elderly people are suffering physical, mental and even sexual abuse.

Compensation claims for medical negligence in nursing homes and hospital wards caring for the elderly are on the rise and the term 'medical negligence' can cover a range of ways in which elderly people are not cared for properly.

If your elderly parent or relative suffers from malnutrition or dehydration in a nursing home or in hospital, that is medical negligence.

If an elderly person has a fall in a nursing home or hospital ward which could have been prevented, that is medical negligence.

Some elderly people in nursing homes and even hospitals are not washed regularly or taken to the toilet. Other nursing homes and hospital wards leave elderly patients to sit or lie for long periods of time, causing bed sores.

If you have an elderly relative in a nursing home or on a hospital ward who is left dirty or has developed bed sores, you have grounds to make a medical negligence compensation claim.

If your elderly relative suffers dementia, Alzheimer’s or another mental condition of old age and is left unsupervised in a nursing home or hospital ward this can also allow you to claim compensation for medical negligence. After all, your elderly relative would not be in a nursing home or in hospital if he or she could be alone and unsupervised.

It is estimated that by 2025 the number of over 85s will increase by two thirds, and each of those elderly people will need five times more nursing care than adults aged 44 and under. This increased demand on care services for the elderly will inevitably lead to yet more cases of medical negligence in nursing homes and NHS hospitals as staff are stretched to the limit.

If you have an elderly relative who you believe has suffered medical negligence in any form in a nursing home or in hospital, you may be able to claim compensation for the lack of care that has caused them harm and distress.

Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors has experts in the field of medical negligence compensation for the elderly and will provide you with an open and honest review of your claim and advise you on your chances of success in pursuing a compensation claim for medical negligence of an elderly person.

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