The abuse of elderly people is a growing problem
Ageing is an inevitable part of life. But sadly, with age comes vulnerability.
With a growing elderly population, we increasingly rely on family support, care homes, nursing homes, the NHS and local authorities to provide care.
Unfortunately, our team of specialist abuse lawyers are seeing a shocking number of cases of neglect and abuse of elderly people. This is consistent with research findings which suggest that more than 300,000 people over the age of 65 suffer some form of ill treatment or abuse every year; a truly shocking statistic.
The abuse and mistreatment of elderly people can take many forms. It includes not only neglect, but also abandonment and isolation, as well as mental, physical, financial and sexual abuse.
We expect our loved ones to be treated with dignity and respect while their care needs are being met. This includes the provision of adequate nutrition, hydration and hygiene. Care homes, nursing homes and hospitals should also provide adequate supervision of elderly patients who are at risk of falling and take positive steps to prevent and monitor common ailments, such as pressure sores. Regrettably, these basic standards are not always met.
Claiming compensation for the abuse of elderly people
When the standard of care falls short this may give rise to a legal claim for compensation. Although a financial award will not undo the harm already done, it may make it possible for life to be made more comfortable in the future.
We are experienced in claiming compensation on behalf of elderly people who are the victims of abuse. Claims may be made against any person or institution who failed in their duty to provide care and protect vulnerable elderly people in our society. These include:
- Care Homes
- Nursing Homes
- Local Authorities
- Day Centres
- Individual Carers
When considering a legal claim for the abuse of elderly people there are various factors that will need to be examined. There are for instance guidelines for the minimum number of nursing hours required to provide the expected level of care. There are new statutory regulations that must be met by care providers and local authorities. We also look at factors such as staffing levels and compliance with policies and procedures within care homes and nursing homes.
A sensitive and compassionate approach
We recognise that each case is different. Our dedicated team of specialist lawyers therefore provide a sensitive and compassionate personal service that is tailored to the individual victim’s own needs and circumstances.
We are also able to deal with claims for the abuse of elderly people on a No Win, No Fee basis, so there is no need to allow worries about how you are going to finance legal costs put you off making a claim.
To find out more about making a claim for compensation for the abuse of elderly people then contact us on freephone 0808 139 1597. We will be happy to discuss your options in total confidence and provide you with an initial assessment of your case completely free of charge. Alternatively you can email us for an assessment at [email protected]