Nursing Claims and Nursing Home Claims

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Nursing Claims and Nursing Home Claims

A study of general practice claims opened by the GP Union, the Medical Protection Society (MPS), over the period 2007 to 2011, where practice nurses /nurse practitioners were involved in the care of patients, identified that 33% of cases related to a delay in diagnosis. Further analysis of these claims identifies that nurses are seeing patients with more acute presentations, who perhaps historically would have been seen by a GP. Many of these claims involved nurses not referring the patients’ care onwards either to a medical colleague or a specialist healthcare professional.

Whilst missed diagnosis was the most common, the penultimate was chronic disease management, with 16% of claims during the four-year period relating to this. Chronic diseases include diabetes, asthma, coronary heart disease and hypertension. Chronic disease management is a huge part of the nursing role within general practice, so the risk it presents needs to be tackled.

Key contributing factors include:-

  • Failure/delay to refer patient to GP/specialist
  • Inadequate assessment of the patient’s condition
  • Inadequate monitoring of the disease progression.

In terms of claims against nursing homes for neglect, these are also on the rise. They are considered to be medical negligence as nursing homes have the same duty of care as medical professionals, so if you or a loved one has suffered an adverse effect on their health due to neglect or a negligent act or omission in a care home, our team would be only too happy to assist.

There are many examples of care home negligence, with some of the most common being:-

  • Misdiagnosis – Care home residents could be given the wrong medication, which may result in new illnesses developing
  • Abuse from staff – This could include not being able to visit a patient, changes in their behaviour and unexplained cuts and bruises
  • Mental health problems – Often through substandard care, issues such as anxiety, depression and a feeling of being withdrawn could develop over time
  • Failure to provide food and water – A lack of nutrition and hydration is a prime example of care home negligence; it’s needed to help stave off illness

At Thomson & Bancks, our medical negligence specialists will deal sensitively and efficiently with your claim for compensation or that brought on behalf of a loved one’s Estate. The civil law attempts to place people back in the same place as they would have been had they not been injured by a medical mistake or left untreated so they have not fully recovered as they should have done.

Where that is not possible, an increasing amount of damages are payable for where the consequences have been more serious for you. Also, financial losses caused by the injury or non-recovery of your condition are claimable, for instance, if you are not able to return to work or require extra services because of a resulting disability which would have been avoided had there been no negligence.

If you or your family have been affected by medical negligence, please call our specialist Solicitor, Lucy Sherry, on 01242 235250 to find out if you may have a claim. We will offer you a first free interview to learn about the next steps and our ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements for funding your legal claim.

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