NICE Guidelines for Prevention of Falls in Hospital
If a patient suffers a fall whilst in hospital, this can make an already stressful time even more problematic. Although not all falls are preventable, a patient may be at more risk of a fall due to certain medical conditions or their age. In these circumstances, hospitals must follow national (NICE) guidelines and carry out assessments of vulnerable people to reduce their risk of a fall. A failure to do this could lead to a claim in clinical negligence for compensation.
When a patient suffers a fall, injuries can range from cuts or bruises, to a broken bone or even a head injury. Action must then be taken to diagnose and provide suitable treatment for those injuries.
If you feel that you or a family member has not been appropriately assessed or suffered a fall that could have been prevented whilst in Hospital, you can contact Graystons for further advice.
Our specialist clinical negligence lawyers can provide further details about making a complaint to the Hospital, as well as discussing funding options available to you and whether you may be able to fund any legal investigation with a “no win, no fee agreement”.