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.