Pressure sores can become very serious. They range in severity and can be extremely painful, leading to tissue necrosis, infection and even death in the severest cases. Sometimes, people can develop such sores due to medical negligence and nursing mistakes.
To discuss a pressure sore compensation claim, call Longden Walker & Renney’s clinical negligence solicitors on 0191 5666 500, or fill out our no obligation online enquiry form and we’ll get back in touch.
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Pressure sores, sometimes known as bed sores or pressure ulcers, occur when the skin and underlying tissue is damaged after an area of skin has been placed under pressure, either as a great pressure over a short amount of time, or a lesser pressure over a longer period of time. This pressure disrupts the flow of blood through the skin, starving it of oxygen and nutrients, which causes it to break down and form an ulcer or bed sore.
Those most likely to suffer from pressure sores include patients confined to a bed or chair, those recovering from major surgery and individuals with high BMIs. Incontinent patients also have a higher risk of getting pressure ulcers, and conditions that affect blood flow through the body (such as Type 2 diabetes) can also make a person more vulnerable.
Treatment and Prevention of Pressure Sores
Treatment for pressure sores includes the use of dressings, creams and gels designed to speed up the healing process and relieve pressure. For more serious cases, surgery can sometimes be recommended.
Unfortunately, even with the highest standards of care, it is not always possible to prevent pressure ulcers in particularly vulnerable people, but the government has introduced national guidelines to try and reduce the amount of patients developing them.
A range of techniques are used, including regularly changing a patient’s position and using equipment, such as specially designed mattresses or cushions to protect vulnerable parts of the body.
Medical professionals are expected to monitor those patients most at risk if :
- They fail to adhere to the strict national guidelines in place and pressure sores occur, or
- Fail to take proper action when pressure sores develop,
a medical negligence bed sore claim may be justified.
If this is the case, you can call Longden Walker & Renney Solicitors on 0191 5666 500 to discuss whether you have a viable pressure sore compensation claim.
What we can do for you
Pressure sores are normally graded on a scale of one-to-four, with the more serious cases being at the higher end of the scale. The level of pressure sore compensation you could receive will depend on the severity of the bed sore.
Whatever your situation, you can rely on us for a professional service, with experienced solicitors that understand your predicament and can successfully deal with your claim.
We have the knowledge and experience to properly advise you on the viability of your claim. A successful assessment will lead to full investigations, where we will gather the necessary medical and expert evidence required to fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has developed bed sores as a result of medical negligence, contact our clinical negligence solicitors team on 0191 5666 500, or tell us your situation via our online enquiry form to start your bed sore compensation claim. You will be under no obligation and you will not be charged for your initial advice session.