Pressure sore compensation claims

If a pressure sore develops due to hospital, care home or nursing errors then the individual could be eligible for compensation, our solicitors have significant experience in this area of law and have successfully represented clients throughout the UK. Call our medical negligence experts on 0203 817 9430 for advice.

Pressure sores or ulcers are wounds that develop when pressure or friction on one area of the body damages the skin. Constant pressure on an area of skin stops blood flowing normally, so the cells die and the skin breaks down.

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When do pressure sores develop?

Pressures sores often develop where a patient’s skin is in contact with a bed or chair for a long period of time. It is also common for patients to develop sores if plaster casts or bandages have been incorrectly fitted.

Patients confined to a bed or a chair, and are unable to move without assistance, are therefore at high risk of developing a sore. However, the risk of developing a sore is also higher for patients who are elderly, ill, overweight or diabetic.

Pressure sore grades

Pressure sores are graded from 1 to 4, with a grade 4 being the most severe. They are often very painful and take a long time to heal. They can lead to infection and, in some situations, can even be fatal. Fortunately, they are often avoidable, national guidelines state that all patients admitted to hospital should be assessed for their risk for sores. Depending on the risk level, it might be necessary to provide the patient with a different type of mattress and/or also to ensure that they are moved and turned on a regular basis. 

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about a pressure sore compensation claim due to medical negligence call us on 0203 817 9430 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you directly.

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