Georgia Briscoe, Director of Medical Neglience
Pressure sore claims
The decision to place a loved one in the care of someone else is often a difficult and emotional decision, so you need to feel assured that your loved one is receiving the best possible care, especially when directly paying for that care to be provided. In some cases, however, the standard of care falls below what you would expect and residents of care homes do not receive the care they require.
Insufficient attention to a resident’s needs may result in pressure sores (also known as bedsores or pressure ulcers) occurring. This is especially problematic if someone lacks the mobility to be able to shift their body themselves and relies on the care home staff to alter their resting position. Pressure sores are caused by excessive pressure on body parts that have continuous contact with a surface such as a wheelchair or a bed, as circulation becomes limited. There are varying degrees of pressure sores and they can be incredibly debilitating in their most severe form, and may lead to further health problems.
Pressure sores are classed into four different stages based on how severe they are. The symptoms range from red skin that is painful or tender to touch, to blistering or in more severe cases can display yellowish dead tissue and can expose tendons and muscles.
Pressure sores are caused by pressure against the skin that restricts the blood flow reaching that area adequately. Limited mobility is a key factor in the development of pressure sores, where parts of the body that are not well protected by fat and muscle to cushion the pressure on the bone. The most common sites of a pressure sore often occur on areas of the body that are consistently in contact with the chair or bed such as shoulder blades, spine, hip, heels, ankles and behind the knees.
If not treated properly, pressure sores can develop into much more serious problems such as joint infections and skin issues.
Care homes and their staff have a duty of care to ensure that sores do not develop by constantly monitoring the patient and being vigilant to prevent sores from occurring. People who are spending elongated amounts of time in bed or confined to a wheelchair are the most likely to develop pressure sores.
How can we help?
At Patient Claim Line, we hear from many people who are concerned that a loved one residing in a care home is not being given sufficient levels of care and attention which has resulted in a pressure sore. We can quickly advise you as to whether or not the care home has been negligent and if so, we can pursue a care home claim on the resident’s behalf. If they are unable to pursue the claim themselves for whatever reason (someone has power of attorney or they lack mental capacity or it would just be too stressful for them), we can happily set things up so we can deal with you or any close friend or family member that usually deals with their affairs.
Am I eligible to claim for compensation?
If you or a loved one have suffered a pressure sore while in residential care, then you may be entitled to claim. Patient Claim Line is here to advise you on this.
The best thing to do is get in touch with us and we will be able to advise you very quickly whether or not there is a claim. It costs you nothing to find out if you have a case, and all our claims are dealt with by specialist medical negligence solicitors, on a strictly no win no fee basis.
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