Medical Negligence Claims

Nursing & Care Home Claims

Dedicated specialist solicitors

When the time comes to make the difficult decision to leave your home and move to a care home, or in the control of other care providers, you rightly expect the standard of care provided to be exemplary.

To discover that the care provided has resulted in physical or psychological injury can be difficult to accept, particularly if it results in physical or psychiatric injury to you or a loved one.

Abuse or neglect suffered within a care home or by a care provider can have devastating, long term consequences for both the victim and their families. At Browell Smith & Co our dedicated team of specialist solicitors will deal with your enquiry with sensitivity and discretion, to give you confidence every step of the way.

At Browell Smith & Co Solicitors, we have a wealth of experience in dealing with cases like these with care and sensitivity, as elderly people are often not able to voice their concerns or fears which can make them increasingly vulnerable to abuse.

Contact our expert team today to arrange a free initial consultation at any of our offices, in Newcastle, Cramlington, Ashington and Sunderland, or alternatively at your home, to discuss your particular requirements.

Dawn Bagley

Solicitor - Head of Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

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Philip Browell

Solicitor & Senior Director

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Angela Rowney

Nurse Legal Clerk - Medical Negligence

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Kirsty Dockerty

Legal Clerk - Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

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Megan Walker

Trainee Solicitor

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Joseph Dowey

Legal Clerk - Medical Negligence

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Risk of Fall

Care and service home providers should assess all residents at risk of fall and take steps to reduce this risk. This may involve closer monitoring, a lower bed or lifting the resident by way of hoist. All staff should be appropriately trained in lifting and moving frail and unsteady residents. If inappropriate risk assessment is in place or poor training provided to staff, elderly residents can fall and suffer life threatening fracture injuries.

If the mistreatment complained of was carried out by isolated members of staff in a care home or service provider, the owners and/or employers of those responsible for the negligent or abusive actions can be pursued for compensation. It does not have to be against any individual or group of individuals as long as that person or persons were acting in the normal course of their employment.

Areas of abuse and risk

Abuse can take the form of neglect or the failure to carry out simple everyday tasks such as cleaning wounds, changing dressing and basic sanitary hygiene. A lack of nutrition and hydration are prime examples of care home negligence.

If the mistreatment complained of was carried out by isolated members of staff in a care home or service provider, the owners and/or employers of those responsible for the negligent or abusive actions can be pursued for compensation. It does not have to be against any individual or group of individuals, as long as that person or persons were acting in the normal course of their employment.

Time limits

As with all claims for personal injury compensation there are time limits within which a claim must be lodged with the Court. For accident claims, court proceedings must be started within three years from the date of your accident.

In the event that court proceedings are not started within three years from the relevant date, the negligent party may be able to escape paying compensation on the basis that your claim is out of time.

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