When you put your trust in community care workers to keep you in good health and they fail in their duties, the results can be devastating. Whether you have suffered serious physical injuries, emotional distress or both, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your experiences.
Community care negligence claims are vital because they can help to identify systemic failures and prevent other people from suffering under similar circumstances to yours. Not only could you receive compensation that can help to aid your recovery from your injuries and arrange care that is better suited to your needs, you’ll also receive accountability from the person or people responsible, and a sense that justice has been done.
Switalskis knows that harm from negligent community care negligence can be emotional as well as physical. When a failure happens in your home, as opposed to a hospital or other facility, the sense of betrayal is often much more acute. Not only will we take that into account when we calculate how much compensation you’re owed, but we’ll offer whatever support we can throughout the process. By bringing all of our resources to bear, we can make the process of seeking compensation as simple, straightforward and empowering as possible.
At Switalskis, we have a strong track record of success in making community care negligence claims on behalf of people who suffered needless harm in a situation where they should have been safe. Our team members have received accreditations from The Law Society and Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) in recognition of their expertise and the quality of service we provide in this area.
Our services are always led by our clients. We know that at the heart of every case is a person whose trust was betrayed, and who was let down by the people who were supposed to help. We begin the claims process with a detailed discussion of your situation and the circumstances you experienced. This offers us a chance to evaluate your eligibility to make a claim, but it’s also a chance for you to get things off your chest. Our solicitors are trained to provide emotional support alongside strong and practical legal advice.
Thanks to our experience, we can build a case that will give you the strongest chances of making a successful claim. We’ll stay focused on the outcome you want and deserve, so you can focus on what is most important: recovering from the physical and emotional effects of your injury.
In simple terms, community care negligence refers to any type of medical negligence that takes place in the home or in a community care centre, rather than a hospital or other medical facility. Community care workers, which include but is not limited to community midwives, district nurses, health visitors and their teams, have key responsibilities for their patients and there are a number of common ways in which they might fail, with potentially devastating results.
One of the simplest types of negligence is failing to provide suitable or adequate care. This might be because of serious errors like mistakes in administering medication, or more minor oversights, like carrying out inadequate assessments that don’t cover all of a patient’s needs or filling out paperwork incorrectly.
Other mistakes that can lead to an injury (and therefore a compensation claim) relate to neglect on the part of a care worker. Failing to meet a patient’s basic hygiene, nutrition or health needs, or to supervise them properly in cases where this is necessary, might be considered negligence that can result in a compensation claim.
Care providers must be provided with suitable training and correct equipment that functions properly. Any failure in this respect might mean that a business delivering care services is liable for an accident that happens as a result.
If you were injured in a community care facility (such as a day centre or assisted living facility), or while under the supervision of a community care provider, and you feel that any of the above factors may have contributed, get in touch with Switalskis today. These are not the only examples of negligence, so if you’re unsure, contact us to learn more about whether you can make a claim.
The claims process is never one-size-fits-all, but our solicitors work hard to make sure it’s as easy as possible for you. Thanks to our expertise, we’re always ready to adapt no matter how the process unfolds. While it will change depending on the specific circumstances you’ve faced, there are several key milestones that we’ll always make sure to hit.
We’ll always try to simplify the process and bring everything to a conclusion as soon as possible. Sometimes, delays can be caused by the defendant - for example, if the community care provider responsible takes a long time to conduct an internal investigation and determine their liability. When claims have to go to trial, court schedules can also cause delays. However, we’ll remain just as committed to achieving justice for you at all stages of the process.
For most medical and care negligence claims, you have three years within which to begin the claims process. When negligence leads to illness or an injury, the three-year limit generally begins from the date that you experienced the negligence, or realised you have suffered harm as a result of the negligence. However, this can be ambiguous and it’s best to speak to a solicitor to learn whether you still have time to claim.
In some cases, there are exceptions to the three-year time limit. For example:
It’s always best to act as soon as you can to avoid missing your chance to secure compensation. Get in touch with Switalskis at your earliest opportunity to discuss making a community care negligence compensation claim and get the process started.
When you suffer because of failures in community care and you’re entitled to claim, financial considerations should never stand in your way. At Switalskis, we offer several ways to fund your claim that will allow you to pursue compensation without any risk of losing money. You may already have experienced financial losses due to your experience and we feel it’s important that you’re given the opportunity to recoup your losses.
When you call us, we’ll discuss all of these options and how they apply. That way, you’ll be able to choose the best option for you and enjoy the reassurance that you won’t have a huge bill to pay if your claim is unsuccessful.
To take the first steps towards justice after suffering the effects of community care negligence, get in touch with Switalskis today. Call us on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through the website to discuss your experiences and learn more about how we can help.