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    Whether you or a family member has a place in a private sector or public sector care home, ensuring you are receiving the standard of care you deserve is important.

    In recent years, the number of medical negligence cases associated with treatment in care homes and hospitals across the UK has caused major concern. In 2013 The Francis Inquiry charted major failings which sparked reform across the NHS and care facilities. As a result, maintaining dignity in care has become more important than ever.

    As a firm of experienced solicitors, Healys has assisted clients across Brighton and the south of England with their medical negligence claims. We can provide you with the representation you need and assess your case individually to establish your claim for compensation.

    “A very big thank you to you for all of your help and guidance throughout the claim. I have always been very happy with all your advice.”
    Miss R

    We aim to provide:

    • Free assessment of your claim.
    • One to one contact with your lawyer from day one.
    • Clear and unambiguous legal advice.
    • Visits to you at home, hospital or in a rehabilitation centre.
    • Early interim payments and funding for rehabilitation needs.
    • Maximum compensation and the best outcomes for you.

    Call Healys Medical Negligence Solicitors today. Our friendly team is here to help. You can see how we have helped our clients in our case studies section.

    What is medical negligence?

    Also referred to as clinical negligence, medical negligence covers four aspects – duty of care, breach of duty, causation and damage. A doctor or other healthcare professional has a lawful duty to maintain the safety of patients under their care and when this duty has been breached, legal action can be taken to award damages or compensation.

    Breach of duty of care may result in damage or other losses if a healthcare professional has failed to meet an acceptable standard of care or correctly diagnose a condition, illness or injury in a timely manner.

    Examples of negligence in care homes

    Here are just some of the care home negligence case types which have been highlighted in recent years:

    • Neglect and abuse
    • Poor management of medical records and history
    • Catheterisation failures
    • Dehydration issues
    • Delays with hospital referrals
    • Incorrect or delayed administration of medication
    • Patient supervision failures
    • Misdiagnosis
    • Transportation problems.
    • MRSA infections

    In many medical negligence claims, the patient instigates the claim, but it is often up to visiting family members and friends to spot the warning signs of poor standards in care homes. As well as the physical presence of pressure ulcers, bed sores, bruises and fractures, the family may notice changes in their loved one’s personality which may prompt further investigation.

    Reporting medical negligence

    From residential care to nursing homes, the care system for the elderly and infirm is an important part of society and without it, our ageing population simply would not be able to achieve a consistent quality of life. However, with this comes the responsibility to deliver a high standard of care at every home, regardless of a patient’s needs.

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England and encourages both care home residents and their family members to share their experience of care. Formal complaints can also be filed with the CQC enabling further investigations and inspections to take place to identify poor care.

    In the first instance, concerns should be sent directly to the care home manager or NHS Trust, and the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman can help to ensure residents are protected from ill treatment and negligence.

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    • Jonathan was able to help the husband of a 50 year old woman claim compensation after the hospital failed to diagnose her cancer. Mrs L attended hospital complaining of pain in her abdomen. She was discharged without further tests but unfortunately she died of thyroid cancer a few months later. Jonathan argued that the chance for a liver biopsy was missed during her visit to hospital and although this would not affect the unfortunate outcome, palliative care could have been arranged to ease Mrs L’s suffering. Jonathan was able to secure Mrs L’s husband a five figure sum in compensation.
    • Jonathan has also helped the family of a 71 year old man claim compensation after a complication in his surgery caused his death. Mr R was suffering from chest pains and was admitted to hospital for tests. He was found to have an issue with his heart and doctors attempted to rectify this with a surgical procedure. Unfortunately during this procedure an air pocket had got into one of his blood vessels which caused Mr R’s death. With expert medical evidence Jonathan was able to secure Mr R’s family £75,000 in compensation.
    • Jonathan helped X get further compensation and access to services to aid in his rehabilitation. X was a subject of sexual abuse from his step father between the ages of 5 and 7. Initial application for compensation was made in 1990 and X was awarded £10,000. After several attempts at his own life, X decided to contact Jonathan to seek further compensation. Jonathan was able to secure X £200,000 in compensation and an overall award of £1,200,000 inclusive of state benefits. More importantly Jonathan then arranged the Special Needs Trust to support X’s rehabilitation.
    • Jonathan helped the parents of Baby B claim compensation after a failure in care during labour resulted in Baby B’s death. Initially the Trust denied they were responsible for Baby B’s death but after negotiations the Trust admitted responsibility and Jonathan was able to negotiate an out of court settlement for Baby B’s parents.
    • Clinical Negligence – You’re Never Too Old to Seek Justice

      15th January 2021

      Elderly victims of clinical negligence who are approaching the end of their lives may feel there is little point seeking justice. However, they also have their loved ones to think about and a High Court case in which a woman in her 80s received six-figure damages showed how important it is to obtain legal advice. Continue reading »

    • Healys Recommended as Leading Firm in Legal 500

      23rd October 2020

      Healys LLP has again been recognised as a leading firm in the latest edition of the Legal 500.

      The Legal 500 directory provides comprehensive coverage on legal services providers in over 100 countries, with independent and unbiased commentary on the leading law firms.

      This year Healys has been ranked in 4 practice areas, with 8 lawyers individually recommended. Continue reading »

    • Spring Budget 2021 Change ‘Generation Rent to Generation Buy’

      3rd March 2021

      In a bid to keep the UK economy stable, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces new plans to support home buyers

      During today’s Spring Budget announcement, the chancellor confirmed that he would boost support for home buyers through a mortgage guarantee.

      Several major lenders including Natwest, Lloyds, Barclays, Santander and HSBC have agreed to provide 95% mortgages to home buyers in return for a government guarantee on those mortgages.

      Low-deposit mortgage accessibility has declined since the pandemic started, which has made home-ownership unreachable for many. But the government hopes that these plans will give more people the support and opportunity to buy their own homes.

      It was also announced that the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday in England and Northern Ireland will be extended for purchases up to £500,000 until the 30th June, meaning home buyers avoid the stamp duty levy on purchases under that amount. After this date, the starting rate of Stamp Duty will be £250,000 until the end of September, before returning to the previous level of £125,000.

      Daniel Winslow, Partner and Head of Leasehold Services at Healys LLP comments:

      “In the end then the announcement was largely as anticipated, but for perhaps a few additional reveals here and there. In my view extending the SDLT holiday will provide a much needed crutch for the economy to rest its weight whilst its other limbs scramble for footing as we move out of lockdown. The tapering back of the SDLT thresholds is also an interesting development and one which I am in favour of. Suddenly stopping the SDLT holiday (whether at the end of March or the end of June) would have almost certainly lead to a shock to the market and to the economy as a whole. By delaying and then tapering back the SDLT limit (and introducing the 95% mortgages) the government clearly hopes to either stop that from happening completely or at least turn that cliff edge many have been talking about into a downward hill to an eventual (hopefully high) plateau. If property transactions do decline then by the time we all get to that plateau the economy will hopefully be ready to throw away its crutch and start running!

      “In terms of the 95% mortgages, I think this is an excellent introduction, provided of course it is done safely. It will give many perfectly worthy potential homeowners the chance to achieve their dreams where previously they would have been priced out of the market. Much talk has been made of a lack of housing stock, but when has there ever been enough housing? Also, who says only the cash rich should be entitled to be homeowners? I think it helps provide a level playing field, and it is one that I am all for.”

      Healys LLP are award winning conveyancing solicitors based in London, Brighton & Sussex. Our conveyancing solicitors have a vast amount of experience in property law and we deal with all aspects, including the purchases & sales of homes, freeholds, leaseholds, shared ownership schemes, remortgaging, lease extensions and more. For more legal updates or legal advice, please visit Healys LLP’s website.