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Pressure Sore Claims

Becoming ill or too weak to care for yourself can be devastating but suffering further injuries whilst under the care of others can exasperate a condition significantly. Pressure sores, or bed sores as they are also known, are caused by a patient being left in one position for an elongated amount of time which restricts blood flow, damages tissue and increase the risk of infection. Such sores are preventable and as such, we believe that any victim of pressure sores caused by negligence should achieve the maximum compensation amount possible for the injuries they are suffered.

Pressure SoreMedical negligence lawyers are experienced in achieving the highest rates of compensation whilst working with empathy, patience and diligence to ensure that your case progresses without further discomfort to you. Friendly legal advisers are ready to discuss your case with you at no cost to determine how likely you are to achieve a successful outcome. To find out more, call free on 0800 678 1410.

What are pressure sores?

Pressure sores occur when a patient remains in one position for a lengthened amount of time without being moved. Sometimes referred to as ‘bed sores’, pressure sores are the result of lengthy periods of time where the weight of a person is applied to and remains in one area.

Pressure sores are usually sustained by those who are too weak, ill or fragile to move free and regularly, and as such the most vulnerable include the elderly and infirm. A healthy and fit person can move regularly which allows them to shift their weight and pressure and therefore relieve the symptoms.

According to the NHS campaign group Stop The Pressure, over 186,000 patients develop a pressure sore in UK hospitals each year.
As blood flow is restricted to the areas of skin that suffer from the pressure, the tissue becomes significantly damaged and can lead to excruciating pain and infection. As a patient sweats, the chances of worsening symptoms increase and so it is important that health workers maintain vigilant care routines to eliminate the onset of pressure sores and relieve symptoms as soon as possible once the condition is sustained.

The symptoms of pressure sores can be incredibly painful and uncomfortable and are usually readily visible. Areas affected by pressure sores are normally darker in colour and resemble bruises or blistered skin.

The damage caused to the tissue in the skin can quickly lead to broken skin which can become infected and even more painful. Considering that the majority of patients with pressure sores are elderly, their fragile skin is less likely to heal quickly, and blood supply is slower, meaning that wounds are often more severe.

Are pressure sores preventable?

Pressure sores are preventable in 95% of cases, and as such, we recognise the emotional impact that can accompany the physical symptoms of suffering these symptoms.

In order to prevent pressure sores, nurses or care workers are required to complete a Waterlow score assessment to determine the potential risk of pressure sores developing. Whenever a risk of pressure sores is highlighted, nurses and care workers should move patients regularly. This helps to relieve the pressure placed on one area and allows for better blood flow throughout the body. Such staff should be trained in assessing vulnerabilities and risk as well as recognising the symptoms of pressure sores.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides a number of recommendations on how healthcare professionals should identify and minimise the risk of patients suffering from pressure sores. This includes the following:

  • Repositioning and moving a patient at regular intervals
  • Carrying out thorough and individual skin assessments to check for specific area of weakness
  • Through using specialist pressure redistribution equipment
  • Recognition of early signs and symptoms to prevent exaggerated symptoms and a worsening condition

NHS Improving Quality (NHS IQ) estimates that the cost to the NHS for treating pressure ulcers is between £1.4 billion and £2.1 billion per year.
The campaign group Stop The Pressure recommend a simple 5 step process for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. Using the acronym SSKIN, they recommend the following steps:

  • S – Surface: Making sure patients are provided with the right support.
  • S – Skin Inspection: Regular inspections helps to detect pressure sores early on.
  • K – Keep patients moving: Sores are less likely to develop if patients are regularly moved into different positions.
  • I – Incontinence and Moisture: Patients should be kept clean and dry.
  • N – Nutrition and Hydration: Patients should be provided with plenty of fluids and have the right diet.

Can I make a claim if I have suffered a pressure sore?

If you have suffered from pressure sores whilst in a hospital, a care home, respite centre or any area in which others were responsible for your wellbeing, you may be eligible to make a claim for medical negligence compensation.

In order to be make a successful claim, your solicitor will need to prove that the staff responsible for your wellbeing breached their duty of care to you. This is done through your statement of events, records of the care that you receive as well as evidence which details the severity of your symptoms and the treatment required for your injuries to heal. Your medical and care records should serve to confirm how often your care staff moved you, and this evidence helps to ascertain whether appropriate health and safety guidelines were followed thoroughly.

Solicitors offer clients a free initial consultation which allows them to assess your case and get an understanding of the care that you received. Based on this information, they will be in a position to help you manage your expectations by providing information on the claims process, the strength of your case and how much compensation you could be entitled to claim for your injuries.

What will be the outcome of my claim?

Your solicitor will work with focus and determination to reach a successful resolution on your case as swiftly as possible. They do this by compiling a thorough case with strong evidence to prove that you have suffered pressure sores because of the action or inaction of another person that owed you a duty of care.

Upon your initial free consultation, you will be provided with experienced advice as to the likely outcome of your case and an estimate of the likely amount of compensation that you could be awarded. Your injury lawyer will also be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

If your claim is successful, the amount of compensation awarded to you will depend greatly upon the severity of your symptoms and the impact that they have had on your life. Your solicitors will strive to demonstrate the effects of the defendant’s actions on your life and will ensure that they secure the highest possible award on your behalf.

Your solicitor will offer a no win, no fee service so you can rest assured that you are not under any financial risk when pursuing a claim for the compensation that is legally and rightfully owed to you.