We have recently written several blogs regarding various COVID-19 related problems the care sector is facing. In particular the supply of PPE and the effect of COVID-19 generally on staffing levels and management of service users are critical issues.
It’s impossible at the moment to predict the future as our normal way of life is disrupted in every area due to Covid-19. However once life returns to normal, be that in weeks or months from now, what sort of issues might we see arising in litigation arising in social care?
The first and most obvious point is that the claims market will likely see a significant upsurge. At the moment prospective claimants will probably not see making a claim for damages as a top priority.
It’s well recognised that the social care sector in the UK is struggling under financial constraints and lack of resources mean that claims against homes and care providers are more likely. Yesterday (8 March 2020) was International Women’s Day. Carers UK, which is a UK based charity that supports unpaid carers, published an article highlighting 10 facts about the role women play in unpaid care.