Care Home Negligence Making a Claim

Care Home Negligence: Making a Claim

 

We all care for our relatives, and it can be a very difficult decision to move elderly family members into care homes. Thankfully, most care homes in the UK uphold an excellent standard of care and ensure the safety and wellbeing of your loved ones. There are, unfortunately, some care homes that may be operating below an acceptable standard of care.  

 

What are the most common injuries in care homes?  

  1. Falls.

Injuries due to falls are the most common within care homes, however, with the right risk assessment and supervision, falls should not be happening even if a resident is at high risk. If a family member who lives in a care home has experienced a fall and or injury, you should arrange a meeting with the nurse in charge to discuss the accident and take measures to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.  

 

  1. Pressure Ulcers. 

    Commonly known as bedsores or pressure sores, these occur when an immobile person is not moved frequently enough, resulting in lack of blood flow to a particular area and subsequent tissue damage.  

 

  1. Medication Errors. 

    With most residents in care homes requiring daily medications to deal with illnesses such as heart disease, dementia, Parkinson’s and diabetes, it’s essential that these medications are administered correctly and regularly. However, there are cases in which medications have been forgotten or even administered in incorrect dosages. These types of errors could be minimally damaging or life-threatening.  

 

What should I do if a family member experiences negligence? 

It’s very important that you pursue meetings with care home management if you discover your relative has had an accident. Often, if care homes believe they are at fault, they will try to avoid a meeting with you, so it’s essential to stay consistent.  

 

Below are some helpful questions to ask that may put you on the right path:  

 

  • Has my relative had a fall-risk assessment? If so, what were the results of that?  
  • Was my relative unsupervised when they fell?  
  • Was there a witness to the fall 
  • What equipment is in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again? 
  • Does my relative have a pre-existing condition that would make them more susceptible to bedsores?  
  • May I see my relative’s medication charts to see the drugs prescribed and the times administered? 

 

Having peace of mind about the safety and well-being of elderly relatives who live in care homes is essential. We recommend using the Care Inspectorate website so assess what care homes you may have available to you that are nearby as well as the quality of these care homes before you decide where to place your elderly relative.  

 

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch with one of our personal injury claim lawyers, no win no fee solicitors.  

 

 

 

 

 

Asbestos Compensation Claims

Asbestos Compensation Claims

Asbestos Compensation Specialists

You can claim compensation with Bonnar Accident Law for asbestos related industrial disease. We have a team of expert personal injury solicitors who can help you gain retribution to help you and your family for an industrial disease caused by the exposure to asbestos.

 

Here we breakdown asbestos related illnesses, asbestos compensation frequently asked questions and how Bonnar accident lawyer can help you if you are looking for compensation for asbestos related illnesses in Scotland.

 

Asbestos related industrial disease

Exposure to asbestos at work continues to be a major cause of worker deaths and serious, long-term debilitating illness.

What is Asbestosis?

The main industrial related disease is a condition called asbestosis. This is the scarring of the lungs & it is caused by sustained exposure to asbestos fibres or dust.

Other asbestos diseases;

  1. Mesothelioma
  2. Asbestos Related Lung Cancer
  3. Diffuse Pleural Thickening

Claiming for Pleural Plaques

The condition called pleural plaques also caused with exposure to asbestos. This is a form of scarring of the thin membrane that covers the lung (also known as the pleura). Pleural plaques are benign (non-cancerous) and do not cause pain. Often people who sufferer pleural plaques are diagnosed by accident through routine check-up or when x-rayed for a different condition.

For those exposed to asbestos in Scotland, the law is different from those in England and Wales. You can still bring a claim for pleural plaques compensation.

With no asbestos in circulation, how can I still claim?

The reason for people still suffering from asbestos related diseases is due to the latency period.

All forms of Asbestos became illegal in 1999. People were working with it in the 60s, 70s and 80s and are now being diagnosed with asbestos related illnesses.

This is because of this latency period. The time between being exposed to asbestos dust and then having symptoms. The latency period for asbestos disease can be up to 10 years. However, the latency period is usually over 20yrs and can even be as much as 50years before symptoms present themselves.

Is it too late to claim asbestos related disease if I was exposed over 30 years ago?

No. Regardless of when you were exposed, you can still claim compensation. There is a limitation period for personal injuries (3 years) however, with asbestos related illnesses the starting point is not the date of exposure to the asbestos. The starting point is normally the date that you were diagnosed. As the latency period tends to belong, the diagnosis is most likely to come years after you were exposed to asbestos.

With over 40 years of experience, Bonnar Accident Law solicitors understand stresses it may cause a family during an asbestos claim. We take the utmost care to ensure that your case is dealt with promptly and sympathetically. We take away all the burden of dealing with insurance companies and we make every effort to keep you up to date with minimum involvement.

Our aim is to build the strongest possible case as quickly as possible and put pressure on the relevant insurance company or companies (as there might well be more than one involved) for a fair and just settlement. If necessary, we will take the employers and their insurers to court if we think that they are attempting to undervalue your claim.

We can promise you an unrivalled level of client care and attention and we will work tirelessly to get you and your family the result you deserve.

How to Claim Compensation for Injuries Caused by a Faulty/Defective Product

The products we buy should always be safety tested by the manufacturing company to ensure no one is hurt, however this unfortunately does not always happen.  

Often products that look to be in good condition have a fault or are defective to the point where they could be harmful to a user. This can be anything from a car part, to a toy, to clothing and electrical goods – the list is endless and injuries as a result can be severe.  

If you or a family member has had an accident or injury due to faulty or defective products, then it should be a simple matter of contacting the manufacturer for compensation, but most manufacturers will try to get you off their case by offering you a refund, or free products.  

Do not fall for this. 

Manufacturers do this to get out of paying you what you deserve in repayment of lost wages, trauma, and even disability compensation. They will use all the tricks in the book to try to intimidate you into dropping your valid claim. 

At Bonnar Accident Law, our personal injury solicitors will take on these thoughtless manufacturing companies, so you don’t have to and get you the best claim possible, no win, no fee.  

If you’d like to chat to someone about your legal options regarding an accident/injury due to faulty or defective products, contact our friendly team, at Bonnar Accident Law to discuss the circumstances of your claim. 

If you require immediate assistance, call one of our offices free of charge on 0800 163 978 or fill in our Free Online Claim Enquiry to speak to one of our friendly team and get advice regarding your legal options and rights.  

Our legal team make it their priority to get you the compensation you deserve for injuries caused by defective of faulty products.  

Typical injuries include: 

  • Broken bones 
  • Electrocution 
  • Crushing injuries 
  • Burns and scalds 
  • Respiratory problems 
  • Cuts and lacerations 

 

What can I claim for? 

  • Pain and suffering 
  • Medical costs 
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Loss of earnings 
  • Damage to property 

 

Make a free enquiry 

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, don’t delay – make the call. Call us free now on 0800 163 978 or complete a Free Online Claim Enquiry and we will soon be in touch. 

 

Five Top Tips on How to Deal with Persistent Cold Callers

 

 

 

Five Top Tips on How to Deal with Persistent Cold Callers

If you’re sick of nuisance cold-callers disrupting your time, below are five top tips to help you get rid of them.

At Bonnar Accident Law, we never cold call, but unfortunately there are many others who aren’t so concerned or respectful of people’s privacy.

Cold callers are usually sales-people who have been trained to pressure you into buying their product or services.

Often, these types of cold-calling companies will have found your phone number through online forms you may have filled out. Remember to be vigilant when filling in forms online and stop to think if you’re comfortable sharing your details on a particular site.

Here are our top tips to getting get of cold callers.

  1. Take your number down, permanently. You can do this by registering with Telephone Preference Service (TPS) after which point it will be illegal for any company or business to call you without your permission. If calls persist after you register with TPS, companies will likely have your phone number from previous calls to you. Simply and firmly inform them that you are protected by the TPS and you do not wish to receive any more phone calls from them.
  2. Report unsolicited calls. If you continue to receive unsolicited calls, report the company calling to TPS on 0345 070 0707 or the Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1115.
  3. Be firm and clear. If you end up having to speak to cold caller, be firm and clear in telling them that you will report them. Ask for the company name, write down the number and time of the call and report them immediately.
  4. Block unwanted numbers. Your mobile phone should have the ability to block any unwanted numbers. If you receive a cold call from a new number, simply block it on your phone.
  5. Be careful with online forms. Take a moment to think whether you really wish to share your details with certain sites.

If you’ve been involved in an accident, speak to one of our friendly and expert solicitors today.

whiplash

The AXA man and the Straw man claim there is no such thing as whiplash in the land of Oz….

Apparently, a few days ago, in the mythical land of Oz, the AXA man (distant relation to the Tin man) and the Straw man presented a wizard idea to an invited audience. ‘There is no such thing as whiplash’, they declared, ‘even if it existed, which it doesn’t, it doesn’t hurt. If you think something might be wrong and if you hurry, you can see one of our approved doctors over in Munchkin Land who will tell you how to get back to work asap. Naturally, the Wizard will not be paying compensation under any circumstances – premiums are high enough around here, what with accidents happening every day.’

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