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Bed Sore Claims

Bed Sore Compensation Claims

Pressure sores and ulcers (sometimes called bed sores) can occur in a number of different areas of the body, but in the case of most serious grade pressure sores (grade 3 and 4), these are almost always caused by negligence of the staff responsible for patient’s care. They are sadly becoming an increasingly common occurrence for hospital patients, particularly those that are elderly or infirm.

Legal Advice on Pressure Sores

A pressure sore or bed sore occurs when someone is left in one particular position for too long. Over time the skin and tissue breaks down and there can be infection and vascular compromise causing a pressure sore or ulcer.

Pressure sores can be very serious as well as painful for patients and all due steps should be undertaken to reduce the chance of patients contracting them. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and in the majority of instances, it is believed that bed sores could be avoided by higher standards of medical care.

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Common Types of Pressure Sores

Pressure sores are categorised into 4 grades:

Stage 1. Sores are not open wounds. The area may be painful but there are no tears in the skin. The skin can often be read and does not blanche. Skin temperature is often warmer.

Stage 2. The sore is often broken and the skin open. It is usually associated with pain and/or tenderness. The sore often resembles an abrasion or blister. Skin damage can be irreparable.

Stage 3.  At this stage, the sore gets significantly worse. The degradation extends to the tissue beneath the skin. Fat may show through the sore.  The sore will be extremely painful.

Stage 4. This is the deepest and most significant type of pressure sore. The crater will often extend to the muscle and bone causing extensive and sometime irreparable damage. Serious medical complications can follow.

FAQs

Are pressure sores common?

Sadly yes. NHS statistics show that just fewer than half a million people will suffer a pressure sore each year. People who cannot get out of their bed or are wheelchair users are more likely to be at risk of developing a pressure sore.

What causes a pressure sore?

At Farleys we have acted for a number of clients who have suffered pressure sores through negligence, both in hospital and in a care home. Some examples of the causes of pressure sores and ulcers include:
1. Poor risk assessment upon admission to Hospital or care home
2. Use of inadequate equipment, including mattress, beds and overlays
3. Failure to monitor a patients movement and positioning – inadequate turning
4. A failure to correctly treat a pressure sore, once identified, including incorrect antibiotics

Where can I get further information about pressure sores?

For further guidance on the Prevention and management of Pressure sores visit https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg179

Why Choose Farleys Solicitors

Here at Farleys Solicitors, our expert medical negligence department understand the prospect of pursuing a claim can be daunting. However it is essential that you, or your loved one, receive the compensation to which you are entitled to help ease the financial strain of ongoing medical care and recovery. Our experienced medical negligence solicitors offer a no win no fee service, meaning you keep the entirety of any compensation awarded.

Contact a Specialist in Bed Sore Claims

To speak to one of our medical negligence solicitors to discuss our free service in more detail, please do not hesitate to call us today on 0333 331 4039. If you prefer to contact us via email, please get in touch and one of our experts will respond to your enquiry at the earliest opportunity.

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