Risk assessment – a vital tool in minimising liability

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

An elderly service user falls fracturing his femur. A member of staff is punched in the face and loses two teeth. A colleague tells you she is being bullied and is now going off sick with stress. Who knows, a scenario like the above may prompt a wry smile which says “And what’s new…?”. For many care providers this could well be an every day issue. So what is new? Well for a start,, the dark storm cloud that is civil action is looming. What is new, is that litigation is exploding at an alarming rate. Between 2000 and 2005 I have written more than 40 court reports. An increase of 1,400 per cent in five years. In 2005 alone, I wrote 16 reports for similar reasons to those listed above. And yet, despite writing 40 reports, I have appeared in court to give evidence…not once – the case has been settled days, hours and occasionally even seconds before the case began and always to the benefit of the claimant. As tempting as it may be for me to suggest that my reports are so good the defence simply crumble

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