Injury Claim for a Patient Slipping on the Floor

Is it possible for an injury claim for a patient slipping on the floor to be made against a hospital? My father broke his leg and I think that his accident should have been prevented.

Under certain circumstances it is possible for an injury claim for a patient slipping on the floor to be made against a hospital, although it must be established and proven that the accident could have been prevented had proper nursing care been provided.

The level of nursing care in Irish hospitals is usually excellent; although mistakes are made at times in spite of highly qualified nurses being employed. Cutbacks in HSE funding and mismanagement can see the level of care provided to patients fall below an acceptable standard.

When a lapse in nursing care results in a patient sustaining an injury, a personal injury claim can be made against the hospital’s liability insurance policy, although in your father’s case, whether compensation for a patient slipping on the floor can be recovered will depend on the circumstances leading to his hospital slip and fall.

The process of making a claim for a slip and fall in a hospital differs considerably from a slip and a fall in a shop or place of work, and recovering compensation for slipping on the floor in a hospital has potential to be problematic as a result. For this reason we would not recommend attempting an injury claim for a patient slipping on the floor without first seeking legal advice from a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

Before a claim for a slip and fall in a hospital can be made the case against the hospital needs to be thoroughly investigated by both your solicitor and the HSE. It must be determined how the accident was allowed to occur and whether it was caused by negligence of the nurses or other members of the hospital staff. Provided the investigation conducted by your solicitor establishes that the accident was avoidable and there had been lapses in care standards, it should be possible for your father to recover compensation for slipping on the floor in a hospital.

Your chosen solicitor will write to all parties potentially at fault to establish where the blame lies, and a case against the hospital will be built. One important step that should be taken by your father – or you acting on your father’s behalf – is to make an official complaint about the accident to the HSE. No doubt you or your father will have already complained to the hospital staff about the accident, but your father’s right to claim compensation for a patient slipping on the floor may be lost if the HSE is not officially notified of the accident.

There are other procedures which need to be completed before a claim for a hospital slip and fall can be made, so we recommend contacting a personal injury solicitor on behalf of your father as soon as possible. This will ensure that if it is possible to for a personal injury claim to be made, compensation can be recovered in the shortest possible time frame.