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Pressure sore & ulcer compensation claims

Pressure sores or bed sores are easily avoidable with correct care however they can and still do occur and can even be life threatening.

Pressure sores occur as a result of prolonged pressure being exerted on an area of skin which in turn causes a lack of blood flow to the affected area. This can result in necrosis (the death of most or all of the cells in an organ or tissue due to disease, injury, or failure of the blood supply). The pressure sores can take a long time to heal and are extremely debilitating and painful. Prevention is easily achieved through good nursing and anyone with reduced mobility should undergo a risk assessment.

It is essential that pressure sores do not become infected. For those with less severe sores, treatment can be as easy as relieving the pressure on the affected area and regular cleaning of the wound and appropriate dressings. For more serious sores, removal of dead tissue may be necessary.

It should be noted that on occasion, even with the right level of care, some patients will still develop sores; however in our experience we find most have been avoidable. If you or a loved one has suffered a bed sore due to negligent care or treatment, please contact one of our specialist solicitors on 0333 987 4161 to discuss your claim.

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Pressure sores can occur at any age but are more likely in patients who:

  • Confined to a bed or have difficulty in moving
  • Are over 70 years old
  • Suffer from obesity
  • Significant weight loss
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Have a poor diet or nutrition
  • Have a pre-existing condition effecting blood supply.
  • Have a history of smoking/currently smoke
  • Dehydration

Negligence cases involving pressure sores include:

  • Inadequate risk assessments and risk score miscalculations
  • Inadequately trained nurses
  • Delays in treatment
  • Poor treatment including available pressure ulcer equipment not being used
  • Poor record keeping

About your claim

How much you can claim will depend on a number of factors related to the injury received from negligence, malpractice or defective medical product. Some of those factors are listed below:

  • Degree of pain, suffering and ongoing problems caused
  • Loss of earnings from being unable to work / return to work
  • Support and care that you need now and in the future related to your injury
  • Support for modifications made to your home
  • Specialist mobility equipment required

The first thing to do is to get in touch with us so we can provide a free consultation and discuss your case. We can quickly work out if you have a claim by asking a few questions. We will also let you know if you will benefit from a No win no fee arrangement. If after your free consultation you decide to proceed with a compensation claim we will proceed with the stages below.

Investigation Stage
We need to determine the extent of your injury and any monetary losses directly related to your injury / illness. It may be necessary to have a medical examination carried out to accurately identify your injury and asses your suffering.

Compensation Calculation
We will calculate how much compensation you are likely to receive from a successful claim taking into account the various factors associated with your injury including loss of income, pain and suffering, medical expenses and future expenses including future care and specialists equipment and any modifications necessary to your home. We then will put this amount to your opponent and they have two options. Accept the claim, or contest the claim.

If your opponent accepts then you will be awarded the compensation due. If they do not accept the claim then the next phase will be court proceedings. Please not this does not always mean a case goes to trial it simply means a court takes over management of the case where an opponent still has the opportunity to settle your claim. If you have to go to court rest assured we will be with you every step of the way. And remember if we agreed to handle your claim under a no win no fee agreement then you will not have to pay anything if your claim was unsuccessful.

As with almost all compensation claims of this type you have three years from the date of the injury / illness caused to start a claim. Sometimes there are exceptions, for example people unable to make their own legal decisions such as children or adults unable to make there own legal decisions.

In the case of defective medical equipment / products a claim must also be made within 10 years of that product going into circulation. This cannot be extended. Time limits are always on a case by case basis. We can of course help identify this when investigating your claim.

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