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TV Elderly Abuse Cases will Lead to Increase in Compensation Claims- 18/06/2013

The revelation of more cases of abuse and neglect of elderly people in care on BBC TV’s Panorama programme will lead to a further increase in compensation claims, according to a leading legal expert on elder abuse.

The TV programme uncovered a catalogue of neglect and poor care in care homes for the elderly.

Margaret Rowe, partner and member of the Elder Abuse and Neglect Compensation Team at West Midlands law firm FBC Manby Bowdler LLP says:  “Earlier this year two separate studies showed a high level of abuse, injury and neglect of elderly people in residential care and nursing homes, in hospital, or in their own homes, so it is of little surprise that Panorama has uncovered similar findings.

“It will though make relatives or friends even keener to make sure that elderly people in care are well looked after, and, if abuse or neglect does occur, to take legal action to protect their loved one, to prevent it happening again and to seek compensation.

“In the last 12 months we have seen an almost exponential rise in the case load of our specialist Elder Abuse and Neglect Compensation Team and following the Panorama programme, I expect there to be many more claims for compensation.”

FBC Manby Bowdler has recently secured £100,000 and full legal costs in a case where an elderly lady was left unattended on the commode, despite a risk assessment noting that she needed assistance, and she fell sustaining a fractured hip.  As she has not been able to mobilise alone since then, is doubly incontinent and has lost mental capacity, the settlement includes a sum to cover her future round-the-clock care.

Mrs Rowe continues: “However any mistreatment or injury occurred, it is possible to make a claim for compensation, and we have a great deal of experience in supporting the injured person and their family through the whole process.

“We secure compensation for the injured person on a no win, no fee basis, and also ensure that they have access to specialist medical care and support.

“We then protect the compensation for the benefit of the injured person by advising on and establishing a Compensation Protection Trust.  This ensures that the compensation cannot be taken into account when it comes to assessing care fees, and that the money will go to help them and their family.”

FBC Manby Bowdler offers a free initial consultation which will provide the opportunity to discuss a situation and the costs of pursuing a claim without obligation.  Solicitors can arrange home or hospital visits to suit any requirements.

FBC Manby Bowdler’s team of specialist solicitors can be contacted through Margaret Rowe on tel. 01902 578000, email m.rowe@fbcmb.co.uk.

With 35 partners, FBC Manby Bowdler is one of the largest law firms in the West Midlands and the largest in Wolverhampton. The firm also has offices in Willenhall, Telford, Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth.

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