Deadline Set to Claim Care Home Fees

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The law firm Hugh James, one of the top firms in the UK, has issued an important announcement to the public concerning the deadline set by the Department of Health to file a claim for wrongly paid care home fees.

Lisa Morgan says, "It is important that people are aware of this deadline.

The law firm Hugh James, one of the top firms in the UK, has issued an important announcement to the public concerning the deadline set by the Department of Health to file a claim for wrongly paid care home fees. If claims are not registered by September 30 2012, thousands of people who were charged unfair nursing home fees between April 2004 and March 2011 will forfeit the right to recover the money they are due.

According to the experienced solicitors of Hugh James, thousands of people will lose their hard-earned money because they are unaware of the Department of Health's deadline. In addition, thousands more are still unaware that they have a right to file a claim.

A ruling in 1999 by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales declared that the full cost of care for people who are in nursing homes because of their health is payable by the National Health Service (NHS). However, many people in nursing homes are still not aware of this.

Lisa Morgan, a partner with Hugh James and nursing care specialist, states that the firm has recovered over £20 million for affected families. Individual cases going back for several years have been worth up to £250,000.

Lisa Morgan says, "It is important that people are aware of this deadline. This is the last chance to ask the primary care trust for a review of care home fees." Lisa continued her statement by attesting that paying for nursing home fees have caused undue financial hardships and in many cases the family home has been sold to pay for care home fees.

The latest deadline consists of two parts. The first part is the September 30, 2012, deadline for the period of April 1, 2004, to March 31, 2011. The second part is a March 31, 2013, deadline for the period of April 1, 2011, to March 31, 2012.

Estimates show that up to 100,000 people in the UK should be eligible for NHS continuing care support, and this applies whether the person is in a nursing home, a hospital or in home care.

In reality, the number of people receiving NHS continuing care is very small and many more are entitled to NHS Continuing Healthcare payments.

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