Abuse of the Elderly and Vulnerable Adults in Care
Many of the elderly and vulnerable adults with learning or other disabilities are looked after in care homes or other supported accommodation and housing. These homes may be run by the Local Authority or increasingly by Private Companies. Some elderly or vulnerable adults may still reside in their own homes but may have carers or other support workers or professionals visiting them to provide services.
When a family member or friend suffers abuse in a place where they should be being cared for or by an individual who should be looking after them, it is extremely upsetting both for them and for their families. The abuse may take many forms including intentional physical/sexual assault but also neglect, cruelty, mistreatment and accident/injury through carelessness.
It will most likely be the case that the person who has suffered the abuse or neglect will not be in a position to complain for themselves or to contact a Solicitor or other professional for advice. This does not prevent a claim for compensation being brought for them. As a family member or friend, you may be able to bring the claim on their behalf.
If the claim relates to intentional physical or sexual abuse/assault then the claim is more straightforward and can be brought directly against the employer of the individual who committed the abuse without having to prove any fault on the part of the employer. If it relates to neglect or mistreatment then a claim may be brought in negligence which means that a certain level of fault/blame may have to be proven.
At Jordans, we have dealt with many such claims such as The Solar Centre. Our Specialist Solicitors are aware of the difficult and sensitive issues that can arise. We are dedicated to dealing with such cases in a compassionate and caring way.
What can we do
The effects of abuse on a child can have far reaching implications, having an extreme impact on their development as adults and their day to day functioning.
Our Child Abuse Solicitors are here to provide support and guidance at a very difficult time. If you or someone you know has suffered abuse in any of the situations outlined above please contact the Abuse Team on our dedicated freephone number 0800 9555 094 and one of our specialist Child Abuse Lawyers will be happy to discuss your situation in confidence.
Whilst we cannot change what has happened in the past, we will endeavour to recover compensation to allow you to seek the required support to rebuild your life.