A carer, or care worker, is someone cares for someone else, or a group of people, usually at home or in a residential home. Care workers include: care assistants in care homes, live-in carers, nursing home assistants, dementia carers, and many more. Due to the nature of this type of work, care work accidents are very common, and can also vary from sprains, back, neck, and shoulder injuries, to attacks and falls.
Causes of care work accidents
There are many causes of care work accidents. They can vary from injuries whilst caring for a service user, including lifting and handling, injuries due to the incorrect number of staff being allocated to service users, not providing adequate training on lifting and moving service users, and staffing levels. If you have had an accident due to any of these reasons, then your employer may be at fault.
Injuries due to care work accidents
The most common type of injury that care workers face when there are care work accidents are back injuries. The Health and Safety Executive states that the health and social care industry is amongst the highest for accidents causing Musculoskeletal disorders (problems in joints, muscles and tendons) with an average of 2,120 cases per 100,000 workers. These injuries, while not fatal, can cause pain and suffering for a long time, and can be serious.
You also may suffer other types of accident whilst at work, including road traffic accidents, slips, trips and falls, or an attack. If this is the case, someone else may still be at fault for your accident.
Taking time off work
A major aspect that worries those who have had care work accidents is taking time off work. When an accident at work causes an injury, you may have to take an extended period of sick leave, meaning you only get statutory sick pay. This is usually less than you would earn whilst being at work, so some people may rush back to work prematurely. Whilst we understand that this can cause stress, the solicitors we work with can help you recover the earnings you may have lost due to having to take time off sick to recover.
Who is at fault?
While every case varies in terms of care work accidents, there are some factors that determine who is at fault. An example of this is if you have had a lack of training on how to correctly lift service users. In this case, your employer may be at fault. There are also instances where repetitive movements may have caused your injuries.
Your employer has a duty of care to ensure you are safe at work. They also have to ensure that your health and safety needs are met. This is especially important in the role of a carer, as you are directly responsible for another person or persons. Other examples of cases where employers fail in their duty of care include;
- Not providing the correct equipment for you to effectively care for a service user.
- Having inadequate staffing levels to ensure all service users are being handled safely and correctly.
- Not maintaining equipment needed.
- Failure to provide the correct PPE.
If this has happened, then your employer may be responsible for your accident, as they need to take reasonable precautions to avoid people being injured.
How we can help
Here at The Compensation Experts, the solicitors we work with deal with care work accidents every day, so they are well placed to help you get the compensation you may be entitled to. Contact us today by filling in or online contact form or calling us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.