Elderly People Suffering as a Consequence of Medical Negligence

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Medical negligence involving elderly people can be very serious, even leading to death in some cases.

Problems can occur when elderly people aren’t able to voice concerns about health issues.  They often feel unable or scared to speak out, or confused and upset about what is happening to them. Many have complex medical histories, and they often miss out on the care that they need. Elderly people shouldn’t have to accept a lower standard of care because of their vulnerable position or the unique circumstances that they find themselves in.

Negligence often occurs in nursing homes, and can even happen in hospitals and GP practices. Elderly people and their relatives can be reluctant to take action against professionals after they have failed to provide them with the quality medical care that they require and deserve. The poor care can leave people unable to carry out daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning and shopping which they were once able to carry out independently. Elderly people may take much longer to recover from injuries and sometimes do not recover at all and are left with ongoing problems. This can lead to family members and friends providing a lot of extra care and assistance. In turn this can have a negative effect on relationships and the mental health of an individual because they can begin to feel like they are a burden upon the people they love. Making a claim for medical negligence can secure damages which will enable you to put in place the care you or your loved one needs and restore some independence and control. 

Medical negligence can cover various forms of poor treatment, such as;

  • Pressure sores
  • Fractures sustained from falls that could have been avoided
  • Orthopeadic claims (delayed diagnosis of a fracture or poor management of a fracture)
  • GP’s failing to make an accurate diagnosis or referral
  • Nursing home staff failing to seek timely medical assistance
  • Prescription errors, causing serious harm

If you or a loved one have been affected by medical negligence, please call us on 0113 284 5000 or email clinneg@isonharrison.co.uk a member of our team will listen to your story and deal with your enquiry in a sensitive matter.

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