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21/02/2012

Council pay out compensation for care home accident

A care home resident on the Isle of Wight has won his claim for personal injury compensation after sustaining severe burn injuries in a scalding hot shower.

The 76-year-old had been staying at the care home in Freshwater for respite when he attempted to take a shower and was sprayed with scalding hot water.

The man sustained 13% burns to his body in the incident and was forced to undergo specialised burn injury treatment at a clinic in Salisbury.

The injuries were so severe that he has been forced to permanently move into a care facility and is unable to return to the home he shared with his wife.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation discovered that the shower had not been fitted with a thermostatic mixing valve, which limits the water temperature to a maximum of 41C.

The Isle of Wight Council, which is in charge of the care home, appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court where it admitted a breach of Health and Safety Regulations. It was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay the man an undisclosed amount in personal injury compensation.

 

 
 
 
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