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Pressure Sore Claims
Pressure sores (also referred to as bedsores and pressure ulcers) can occur when somebody is immobile for a long period of time, which puts a large amount of pressure on the area of their skin in contact with the surface.
In hospitals and other care facilities, there are extensive guidelines in place that must be followed in order to prevent the development of pressure sores in patients. Still, this guidance is not always followed, and pressure sores are a regular occurrence among patients.
If you or your loved one has developed pressure sores when receiving medical care, you could make a pressure sore claim for medical negligence compensation. Get in touch with our medical negligence solicitors today to learn more about how we can help.
A guide to pressure sore claims:
Can you sue for pressure sores?
Yes, you can sue for pressure sores through one of MG Legal’s pressure sore claims. These claims can be made if you or a loved one has suffered from pressure sores while receiving medical care for an injury or illness.
In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) offers extensive guidelines which must be followed by medical staff and care staff in order to prevent pressure sores from occurring in patients.
This pressure sore guidance includes:
Assessing the risk of pressure sores in patients
Regularly reassessing this judgement if there is a change in the patient’s clinical status
Offer patients at high-risk of pressure sores a skin assessment by a professional
For at risk patients- encourage or assist them to change position every 6 hours
For high risk patients- encourage or assist them to move every 4 hours
These are just some of the elements of the extensive guidelines offered on the prevention of pressure sores in patients. If you believe that any of these points were not met in your career the care of a loved one, leading to the development of a pressure sore, then contact MG Legal today about your potential pressure sore claim with our specialist medical negligence solicitors.
Am I eligible to make a pressure sore claim?
When it comes to making a pressure sore claim with a medical negligence solicitor, there are essentially two aspects to the claim that must be proven in order for it to be successful.
Proving that the care that you or your loved one received was negligent or below the standard that it should have been
Proving that this medical negligence led to the development of one or more pressure sores
If our medical negligence solicitors believe that these points can be successfully proven in your claim, we will accept your pressure sore claim on a NO WIN NO FEE basis. To learn whether you are eligible, simply contact our medical negligence solicitors here.
How much compensation for pressure sores?
If you are looking to make a claim, you may be wondering about the average payout for pressure sore claims. All medical negligence claims are broken down into general damages and special damages, which are explained in full here.
The special damages aspect of your claim, which can often make up the majority of the compensation involved in a claim, is worked out on an individual basis, and accounts for any kind of financial losses that you have faced because of your injury or pressure sores, including care costs, medical costs and lost earnings.
General damages are instead used to cover the pain and suffering of your injuries and pressure sore alone, and is calculated using relevant guidelines. To learn more about how much your pressure sore claim might be worth, depending on how serious it is and how much it has impacted your life, simply contact our medical negligence solicitors for a free, no-obligation discussion.
How to make a pressure sore claim:
If you are looking to make a pressure sore claim for financial compensation, and are wondering where to begin with your medical negligence claim, then we would advise you to reach out to a medical negligence solicitor specialising in pressure sore claims, such as MG Legal.
Our medical negligence solicitors are always happy to speak with potential clients about their potential claim, how we can help them, and what the claims process will be like. Simply contact us online, here, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to a medical negligence solicitor the same working day.
How long do I have to make a pressure sore claim?
If you are looking to make a pressure sore claim for medical negligence, it is best to reach out to a specialist solicitor as soon as possible, and begin your claim for financial compensation with them.
There are time limits governing this process, and these time limits are set by the Limitation Act of 1980. This Act gives adults three years from the date at which the act of negligence causing their illness or injury occurred within which to pursue their claim for financial compensation.
Alternatively, if you were not aware of the negligent act until a later date, you instead have three years from the date at which you were aware of the negligent act to make a claim. For more information on the time limits for your specific claim, contact our medical negligence solicitors here.
Can I make a pressure sore claim for a loved one?
If your relative, or loved one, has suffered from a pressure sore while receiving medical treatment, you could be eligible to make a pressure sore medical negligence claim on their behalf.
The following scenarios could make it possible for you to make a pressure sore claim on behalf of a loved one:
If your loved one has passed away since the time of their pressure sore
If your relative is too ill to make the medical negligence claim on their own behalf
If you are making the claim on behalf of your injured child who is under the age of 18
For more information on your specific claim, and how to make a medical negligence claim on behalf of someone else, get in touch with our specialist medical negligence solicitors today.
Can I make a pressure sore claim against the NHS?
Yes, pressure sore claims are often made against the NHS for medical negligence that occurs in NHS hospitals and care facilities. The NHS, just like any other provider of a service, owes their patients a duty of care, and part of this duty of care is the prevention of pressure sores in patients. NHS doctors and staff are closely guided by relevant guidelines in their actions and medical care, such as the NICE guidelines mentioned above for pressure sore prevention.
If a patient’s care is negligent in any way, and they suffer injury or illness as a result, they are able to make a medical negligence claim for financial compensation. If you have suffered from negligent treatment when in the care of the NHS, and have suffered from pressure sores as a result, you could make a pressure sore claim with our medical negligence solicitors today. See a full overview of our hospital negligence claims, here.
Pressure sore claims against home carers:
Many elderly and vulnerable people with limited mobility receive regular home care and assistance in order to keep them in goos health and assist with hygiene, eating, and other things. As part of this care, home care workers have a responsibility to monitor the health of their patients, and ensure that they are not suffering from any injury or illnesses that may need treating.
When home care workers are negligent, they may not keep on track of the hygiene and washing of their patients, and pressure sores can occur. Alternatively, even if a home care worker is performing their job at a high level and taking good care of their patients, they have a further duty to record and report the development of pressure sores on a patient, even if they cannot treat them themselves.
If you or your loved one have received sup-par treatment from a home carer, leading to the development of pressure sores, or the worsening of pressure sores due to a failure to report them properly, then this home carer has breached their duty of care. Get in touch with our specialist medical negligence solicitors today to discuss how we can help you make a pressure sore claim for financial compensation.
Pressure sore in a care home claims:
With the elderly people in care homes having limited movement, they are often sat down or lying down for long periods at a time. These conditions are the optimal conditions for the development of pressure sores, and they are therefore very common in care home settings.
NICE actually offers specific guidance on the prevention of pressure sores to the managers and owners of care home facilities. For a full overview of how to make a care home negligence claim, and how they work, see this dedicated page here. Or, for more information in your specific care home pressure sore claim, simply contact out team, here.
Pressure sore hospital negligence claims:
Above all, the most common type of pressure sore claims are those raised against large hospitals. With so many patients being seen throughout the day, and staff numbers being cut, there is growing concern over the rate of hospital negligence including pressure sores that is being faced by patients in hospital care. For a full overview of hospital negligence claims, and how they work, see this here.
If you have suffered from hospital negligence and have developed pressure sores in hospital care, then reach out to our hospital negligence solicitors today to make your claim for financial compensation.
A pressure sore claim case study:
MG Legal’s medical negligence solicitors have recently settled a pressure sore claim for a client, Mrs S, who suffered from pressure sores while in labour. She was given an epidural as a part of her birth, which made her unable to self-mobilise throughout her birth. Because of this, Mrs S should have been closely monitored to ensure that pressure sores did not occur, but this did not happen.
If NICE guidelines had been followed properly by medical staff, it would have been clear that our client was at high-risk of developing pressures sores. However, this was not established, and her condition was therefore not monitored as it should have been.
After taking on Mrs S’s NO WIN NO FEE claim, her designated medical negligence solicitor got to work with building her pressure sore claim for medical negligence. As is the case with all of our clients, we obtained the opinion of multiple medical experts, and a full medical report detailing the breaches of duty on the part of the medical staff, constituting medical negligence and leading to our client’s pressure sores.
Through this, we were able to establish through a medical specialist that the NICE guidelines had been broken multiple times by the medical staff throughout her medical care, and that the care that she received was below that to be expected.
After establishing liability on the part of the hospital in the form of medical negligence, we were able to obtain an admission of liability from the hospital. Mrs S’s designated medical negligence solicitor then got to work on valuing her pressure sore claim, and obtaining the maximum financial compensation for her claim. We were able to achieve a total of £5000 in damages for our client in her pressure sore claim for medical negligence.
Who is most likely to get pressure sores?
Pressure sores occur when there is too much pressure on the skin for too long. This reduces blood flow to the area. Without enough blood, the skin can die and a sore may form.
Certain groups of people are more likely to suffer from pressure sores. These groups include:
People who cannot move certain parts of their body without help
Those with fragile or weak skin
Those who cannot control their bladder or bowels
People with diseases affecting blood flow
People who use a wheelchair or stay in bed for a long time
People who have not eaten for a long period of time
Those with Alzheimer disease or another condition that affects your mental state
How do pressure sores happen?
According to the NHS, ‘A pressure ulcer happens when an area of skin and the tissues underneath it are damaged by being under such pressure that the blood supply is reduced. They tend to occur when people spend long periods in a bed or chair.’ Pressure sores, or pressure ulcers, can be extremely painful, and be difficult to heal.
If you have suffered a pressure sore or pressure sores while receiving medical care, be it in a hospital, nursing home, or other facility, you could be entitled to financial compensation through a pressure sore claim with our medical negligence solicitors. Simply contact us here to get your claim started.