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Staying in hospital, however long the stay, can be stressful and you would hope for the best care during the stay to ensure that you can get back to full health as soon as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes levels of care can fall to a standard that is not acceptable and patients are not given the level of attention they require day to day, especially during more prolonged stays.
Insufficient attention to patients 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 hospital 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.
Medical professionals and hospital 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.
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Pursuing a claim against a hospital can be very daunting. Hospitals are large institutions and despite recent efforts to try and be more open with patients when mistakes have been made, the reality is that it’s often difficult to find out exactly what has happened. When you know deep down that something has gone wrong, where do you turn to get the answers you need and any compensation you deserve?
At Patient Claim Line, taking on hospital trusts is something we do day in, day out. Our legal team deals with roughly 1 in every 10 claims made in the UK, so chances are we have successfully taken on most hospital trusts, and over the years our legal team has won millions in compensation for their clients. Whether the hospitals mistake resulted in a few weeks of unnecessary pain, or serious long term problems where you have been unable to work or required care and assistance, Patient Claim Line is here to help you recover your losses and get some answers.
Am I eligible to claim for compensation?
If you or a loved one have suffered a pressure sore while in hospital, then you may be entitled to claim. The problem is often that the hospital just isn’t open with you about exactly what has happened and very rarely admit when a problem has occurred.
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.
Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Hospital Pressure Sore Claim?
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Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.
At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.
It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.
Frequently asked questions about Hospital Pressure Sore Claims
Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Hospital Pressure Sore Claim
- Pressure: constant pressure that cuts of the blood flow and eventually causes essential nutrients to reach the part of the body under the constant pressure, which can cause the skin and nearby tissues to die.
- Friction: When skin rubs against clothing or bedding making the skin fragile
- Shear: this is where 2 surfaces move in opposite directions which could mean the skin is pulled in the opposite direction to your body.
As every case is different, you should speak to your solicitor to understand exactly what is needed for your claim. Some of the common types of evidence required are medical records, notes of conversations and photographic/video evidence of the incidents you experienced.
Some of the symptoms our clients have experience include:
- Abnormal changes in skin colour or texture
- Pus-like draining.
- Area(s) of skin that feels cooler or warmer to the touch than other areas
- Tender areas of the body
In our experience these are some of the factors which have contributed to pressure sore claims:
- Failure to co-ordinate plan to ensure appropriate care to avoid pressure sore
- Failure to follow a consistent turning regime
- Failure to complete a risk assessment
- Failure to monitor pressure sores at dressing changes
Meet our Hospital Pressure Sore Team
Partner, Head of Medical Negligence
Saima qualified in 2005 and has over 12 years of experience as a solicitor and leads a team of junior and senior lawyer. Saima and her team have experience dealing with a wide variety of medical negligence claim types and as the senior solicitor and team leader, Saima is responsible for the progression of cases to the point of settlement or issue.
Kathryn is one of our Senior Solicitors and has over 11 years’ experience in the field, with both defendant and claimant claims.
She manages a team of junior and senior paralegals, ensuring cases are running smoothly throughout her team.
Senior Litigation Executive
Michael has worked in the clinical negligence field since 2008. Prior to joining our legal team, he worked for the NHS in Northern Ireland; dealing with high value and complex cases, as well as public enquiries and coroner’s court investigations.
Michael is a well-respected lawyer with decades of legal experience. He thrives when investigating and winning medical negligence claims, dealing with a very diverse range of injuries. From orthopaedic injuries, ophthalmic injuries, surgical and organ injuries; to dental injuries and psychiatric claims – Michael has experience in them all.
Passionate about client care, Michael is focused on securing the best results for his clients.
G W -v- Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust – Acting for the family of a man who passed away during negligent surgery, Michael secured £80,000 for his wife.
L S -v- Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Michael managed to prove that the Defendant did not provide a ‘call bell’ to allow the client to call for assistance. We obtained telephone records to show that the client had to call the hospital from her bed; leading to a settlement in this case of negligent iron infusion.
Inquiry into Hyponatremia Related Deaths – Michael was involved with this Public Inquiry in Northern Ireland, assisting with the investigation. The Inquiry concluded with 96 recommendations for endemic changes, as well as disciplinary actions.
“Very helpful and professional. Thank you for everything.”
“Michael has been fantastic throughout. I really can’t fault anything.”
“If I could have given more than 10 out of 10, I most certainly would have. Excellent customer service. Kind, friendly and very, very professional. Many, many thanks.”
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Associate & Chartered Legal Executive
Amy is a well-respected Team Leader at Fletchers with over 15 years’ experience dealing with personal injury; specialising in clinical negligence since 2014.
She has a particular interest in deceased / preventable death claims, stillbirths, traumatic births, orthopaedic injuries, psychiatric injuries and group action work.
Amy’s caseload specialises in claims valued up to around £200,000. She is extremely passionate about how every Claimant, no matter how big or small their claim is, should have the access to legal representation having suffered clinical negligence.
“Thanks so much for all your efforts on this. You’ve always taken time to explain everything to me. I’d definitely recommend Fletchers.”
“Very happy with how I’ve been looked after, Amy was so easy to get on with, explained everything.”
“My case handler (Amy) aways gave me good advice, and went over and above to make sure I was happy, but then again, all your staff have extremely helpful. I cannot fault the service you have provided me.”
(1) SC, (2) AC, (3) KC v (1) County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (2) South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: A deceased / preventable death claim of a 69 year old involving a delayed diagnosis of lung cancer. Achieved settlement for just short of £88,000.
X v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust: A disputed stillbirth case including psychiatric injury. Achieved settlement for £30,500.
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