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Care home resident injured in fall from bedroom windown

The 63-year-old male resident, who suffers from dementia, was found on the ground outside his first floor bedroom window with fractures to his back, leg and knee.
Diane Parker, partner and head of Atherton Godfrey’s Personal Injury department, said: “Open windows present a significant danger in care homes and cases involving falls from them have been well documented.  All windows in premises where vulnerable residents live should be fitted with restrictors to prevent them from being opened too far.”
Nada Residential and Nursing Home in Manchester was fined £8,000 plus court costs after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety regulations.
Lorna Sherlock, HSE inspector, said: “The care home looks after people with dementia or mental health conditions and so many of its residents are particularly vulnerable.
“The 63-year-old man was badly injured in the fall but it could have been much worse. It simply should not have been possible for him to be able to push open his bedroom window to a point where there was a risk of him falling out.”

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