Discovering that a parent or elderly loved one has suffered abuse in a care or residential home is extremely distressing, especially if the professionals entrusted with their care are responsible.
Elder abuse can often go unnoticed, with victims feeling too ashamed or scared to speak out. Abuse can be emotional, physical or even financial. It can be deliberate or as a result of someone in a position of trust failing to provide necessary care.
You may have noticed physical injuries such as bruises, cuts, burns, or broken bones. Other indicators may include changes in normal behaviour, weight loss, interference from the nursing home and signs of restraint. Care home neglect is also an issue that can be explored but can be harder to recognise.
Care home patients must have their individual needs assessed and be given a care plan which is continually updated. The care home should also have enough staff to ensure that the patient’s needs are met – including medication, personal hygiene, emotional support, prevention of bed sores, mobility aides, and health and safety.
Elder abuse cases can be complex, especially if the victim has dementia, which is why it is important that you have expert legal guidance at every step of the process.
Gotelee specialise in representing clients who have suffered abuse or neglect while in the professional care of a nursing or residential care home. Our expert solicitors can help you secure compensation on behalf of your loved one from the organisation responsible and in such circumstances this is often used to help fund care needs for the future.
Yes, it is possible for family members to claim compensation for abuse after the death of a loved one, providing there is enough evidence to pursue the claim. One of our experts can talk you through the process to determine whether this would be a possibility.
We work for our clients on a No Win No Fee basis and this means that you have nothing to pay if your case is unsuccessful.
We are happy to discuss your circumstances and any potential claim at a free initial meeting at one of our offices in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Felixstowe or Woodbridge or we can arrange a home visit to suit you.
To find out more about how we can help you and how no win no fee agreements work please call us on 01473 298125 or complete our online enquiry form.
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