Claims for elderly patients falling in hospitals

Claims for elderly patients falling in hospitals

In recent months we have been contacted by several elderly people seeking advice about their legal rights following falls in hospitals. These new clients complained of either falling whilst unwell in the emergency department or falling soon after undergoing hip replacement surgery. Elderly patients are at a higher risk of falls, especially when they are generally unwell or recovering from surgery. Hospitals have a duty to minimise the risk of such falls, by ensuring proper nursing supervision. In these cases the patients have required either a hip replacement or a revision of a hip replacement as a consequence of the fall. There is also an increased risk of infection if revision surgery needs to be preformed within days of a hip replacement, and sadly for one client she subsequently developed a very serious infection. We have been able to assist these clients in lodging writs in the Court, claiming compensation. Often the medical expenses and care costs arising from the injury are very significant. Often the elderly person will need nursing care, home modifications and household help as a consequence of their prolonged immobility. There can also be a substantial claim for pain and suffering damages if the client is left with a permanent significant injury. The need to undergo a hip replacement from a fall will always meet this legal threshold. Our partner and accredited specialist Andrea Tsalamandris has been assisting such clients in these claims.

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