The parents of an autistic boy who was bitten by a fellow youngster while in a respite care home are aiming to claim compensation from the home operators.
Lee McGovern was just 15 when he spent a week in respite care at Mulberry Lodge near Sheffield. The home gives parents who are the full-time carers of their autistic children a break. Amanda and Mark McGovern are also the carers for Jonathan who is Amanda’s autistic child from a previous marriage.
The Sheffield Star has reported that when his parents collected Lee from his stay, they discovered bite marks along the length of his arms. Staff at the home failed to tell the parents about any incident occurring, and when they later inquired they were told that he had caused the injuries to himself. They took him to Sheffield Children’s Hospital to have his injuries examined.
The couple were prompted to make a compensation claim after hearing the story of another respite resident of Mulberry Lodge, Chris Fretwell. His family successfully won compensation after he fractured his leg slipping on a unclean floor.
The McGovern’s are now similarly suing Sheffield Council – who operates the care home – for compensation by alleging that they were negligent in the care of their son.