Pressure Sore / Bed Sore Claims

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Pressure sores, also known as bed sores or pressure ulcers, are serious skin conditions often affecting vulnerable and elderly patients who are bed bound or those receiving prolonged nursing care.

Patients often think that if they are immobile or have reduced mobility then developing a pressure sore is an inevitable outcome. However, in the vast majority of cases pressure sores can and should be avoided.

Pressure sores typically arise around the hip, bottom, ankle, elbow or heel and are graded in severity between one and four. Grade one pressure sores are pinky-red areas with no broken skin and are relatively straightforward to treat. Grade four pressure sores are deep, open wounds surrounded by dead skin which require extensive and often painful treatment.

If you or a loved one have experienced pain and suffering due to pressure sores because of the negligence of a healthcare or nursing professional, our specialist medical (clinical) negligence team can advise whether you have a claim.

When things don’t go right with your medical treatement, we are here to help you get the answers you deserve and the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

Claims for Pressure Sores Caused by Medical Negligence

When you are admitted to a hospital, a nursing home, or are under the care of District Nurses at home, a risk assessment (sometimes known as a Waterlow Score) should be carried out to assess the risk of you developing a pressure sore. The assessment will consider your age, general health and mobility. If you are at medium to high risk of developing a pressure sore then appropriate measures should be implemented to reduce that risk. Unfortunately, this does not always happen and on these occasions pressure sores can develop or are allowed to deteriorate when they could otherwise have been prevented. When pressure sores and bed sores are attributed to substandard or negligent care, it could be because of the following:

  • failure to undertake a patient’s Waterlow score or assessing it incorrectly
  • failure to put in place an appropriate plan of treatment to prevent a pressure sore occurring or deteriorating
  • failure to follow the treatment plan put in place to prevent a pressure sore occurring or deteriorating
  • lack of monitoring or checking the patient for signs of bedsores, especially where there is a prolonged stay in hospital
  • failure to turn a patient, in a hospital / nursing setting, where they are not able to easily move / turn themselves

It is widely accepted that if pressure sores develop due to a failure on the part of healthcare providers to undertake appropriate risk assessments and / or to put appropriate preventative measures in place, then this may well constitute negligent medical care and you could be entitled to claim compensation for the injuries you have suffered, and any financial losses incurred.

As medical negligence solicitors our role is to examine your medical records, working closely with experienced medical experts to establish what happened in your case and whether your medical or surgical treatment was negligent.  

Our team of medical negligence specialists understand how distressing an injury of this nature can be, with the consequences often being psychological as well as physical. We will guide you through the process of making a claim, fighting for you to receive the compensation and answers you deserve.

We know that clients worry about how much it will cost to pursue a medical negligence claim. We are obliged to provide you with information about all funding options that are available and which would be the best option for you in line with the Solicitors’ Code of Conduct. Bridge McFarland LLP is able to offer all types of funding from legal aid to a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement*.

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