Nursing Injury Claims
Specialist Injury Lawyers
Osbornes Law specialises in helping those who have suffered an injury at work bring a claim for damages. Out lawyers have helped many clients who work as nurses bring a claim. Read on to find out the common causes of nursing injuries and how we can help and guide you through the claims process.
Stuart Kightley Partner
“Well-regarded personal injury practice well equipped to advise on high-value and high-profile claims, including fatalities and severe spinal injuries. Specialist expertise in cycling-related injury claims.”
“Osbornes Law have captured the magic of keeping the customer service levels of a smaller firm whilst having all the expertise and power of the biggest firms.”
Causes of nursing injuries
The causes of nursing accidents have not been collated and analysed, but there are some common themes. Assaults against medical staff are far too prevalent and many hospitals now rightly employ security guards in their A & E departments. Those working in a psychiatric setting are particularly vulnerable and they rely on their employer to assess the risk each patient may pose and to put safety measures in place.
Needlestick incidents account for perhaps 10% of total injuries. A very common cause of injury amongst nurses is injury to the back from lifting, bending and carrying heavy loads.
Injuries after moving patients
One type of injury we see a lot is from nurses having to help manoeuvre patients. Where the patient is heavy, infirm or disabled it is often necessary to move them from bed to chair and from sitting to standing. A patient is not a dead weight and can move in unpredictable ways; so nurses need to be trained in how to deal with patients in these situations and there are a range of protocols for carrying out different tasks and using different equipment.
Appropriate training and duty of care
The employer owes a duty to take steps to minimise the risk of nurses and other healthcare workers suffering injury when moving patients, and this involves assessing a patient as to their needs, and allocating the necessary resources to the task. So if an elderly patient weighs 18 stone and is recovering from a broken wrist and broken ankle they may need to mobilise in a wheelchair and will need help transferring in and out of that wheelchair. If only one nurse or carer is assigned to that task it is unlikely that the patient will be able to transfer safely, and both patient and nurse will be put at risk. A patient who is at a particular risk of falls, perhaps because of a head injury or some other condition, poses another danger to his or her carers; if the nurse has not been trained in how to deal with the common problem of falling patients then they are likely to risk injury themselves from trying to catch there patient.
Osbornes Law can help
We acted for a nurse who was injured when she tried to catch a falling patient. She suffered a serious back injury which left her spine vulnerable to further injury and she had to give up her vocation of nursing. We brought a claim against her employers, a nursing agency. They denied liability, arguing that she had been properly trained and should have known that the she should not try to catch a falling patient; they denied that the accident occurred and claimed that if it did then it happen then did not cause her injury. Court proceedings were required and the parties exchanged medical and fitness evidence. Eventually the employers accepted that they had not given the proper training and that the accident caused the injury. They settled out of court for a figure that included loss of earnings and compensation for loss of career.
"A small but high-powered team, dealing with cases of significant value and complexity."
"An excellent firm which achieves fantastic outcomes for clients."
"Osbornes Law have captured the magic of keeping the customer service levels of a smaller firm whilst having all the expertise and power of the biggest firms."
"A superb boutique catastrophic injury firm."
"Really good at dealing with people who have suffered a serious injury."
"Affable and charming with very good client-handling skills."
"superb firm with consummate professionals and a human touch."
Osbornes now has a team of highly experienced personal injury lawyers; particularly strong on high-value quantum cases, workplace accidents and claims involving foreign workers injured in the UK.
The team provides fantastic strength-in-depth for personal injury claims. It is also particularly well placed to service clients from Eastern Europe with specialist native language speakers. From the smallest case to a multimillion-pound spinal injury case, Osbornes has the right staff to manage every claim.
Ben Posford remains pre-eminent in his field with expert understanding of litigating cases of the upmost severity. His experience builds on Stuart Kightley’s running of the firm with recent partner additions of Rob Aylott making a fantastic addition.
A firm going from strength-to strength-which retains its client care whilst being able to offer a full personal injury service.
Beneath Ben Posford’s calm and reassuring presence, which clients love, lies a formidable tactical and legal brain. His experience tells and he gets it right at every stage of the process from arranging the best possible rehabilitation, to ensuring, so far as possible, a polite relationship with those acting for the defendant in order to ensure best and early resolution of the claim.
"Clients say he is very impressive, in terms of both his experience and his management of the personal injury team."
"They have an expanding profile in personal injury and clinical negligence and offer a superb, broad service in accidents abroad, enabled by their recruitment of bilingual legal executives who can guide non-English speakers through complex litigation."
"Solid personal injury practice well equipped to advise on high-value and high-profile claims arising from fatalities and severe head and spinal injuries."
"Offers specialist expertise in cycling-related injury claims."
"Offers specialist expertise in cauda equina syndrome cases."
"An exceptional outfit. They take on difficult cases, fight hard and win."
"Stuart Kightley is an incredibly empathetic solicitor who is very knowledgeable about traumatic brain injury."
"They are an outstanding firm to work with. They are consistently impressive in their work."
"Osbornes has a growing influence and impressive work load and is gaining a reputation for handling complex catastrophic work."
"Osbornes often handles claims valued at over £1m, particularly relating to severe brain and spinal cord injuries and niche areas such as cauda equina syndrome and cycling accidents."
"The hard-working, thorough and committed Robert Aylott, who brings significant heavyweight personal injury experience."
"Key team members include the energetic and personable Stuart Kightley who is head of the personal injury department."
"Catastrophic injury cases head Ben Posford is an excellent practical litigator who offers exceptional service."
Thank you for the hard work and patience and for being so patient with my constant questions.
"I have found Osbornes to be thorough, clear and understanding from the initial call. They do exactly what they say they will and with passion! I would recommend them to anyone".
Very good efficient service. Would not hesitate to use again.
I will use Osbornes for any future needs.
I don't think I could have asked for anything more. One of the best dealings I've had with the legal profession.
Sam was excellent and very professional in dealing with our claim.
Head of the personal injury department, Stuart Kightley is a first-rate practitioner, wholly focused on getting his client the best outcome in a pragmatic, sensible and consensual manner.
As a real specialist in spinal cord injuries, Ben Posford is always looking at new angles on how to maximise his cases.
Ben Posford is one of the best catastrophic injury lawyers around.
They provide exceptional service, great knowledge and understanding of the law, excellent client care and tactical nous
Stuart Kightley is praised for his expertise in catastrophic and fatal claims. Clients say he is very impressive, in terms of both his experience and his management of the personal injury team.
My claim was dealt with efficiently and professionally. Communication was excellent, and timely. Shrewd and sound advice was provided at every stage of the claim from beginning through to completion. On the basis of my personal experience I would strongly recommend Osbornes.
I just wish to thank you for your hard work and successful outcome. I am pleased with the result and would recommend you and your firm to anyone in the future.
Ben Posford … is ‘tactically astute’ and ‘one of the best personal injury solicitors around’.
Ben Posford ‘knows how to maximise the value of the claim for his clients’.
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