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Pressure sore claims

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Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence

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Pressure sore claims

If you or a loved one are staying in hospital, or in residential care, you are entitled to expect the best level of care. This will not only ensure that you are comfortable, but it means you’ll receive the appropriate attention so you can get back to full health.

In our experience, many pressure sore claims arise when the level of care necessary falls short, and patients and residents are not given the level of attention they require day to day, especially during more prolonged stays.

If you believe you have suffered from a pressure sore that was caused by the negligence of a healthcare professional, you may be entitled to seek compensation.

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What are pressure sores?

Pressure sores, also known as bedsores or pressure ulcers, occur when someone remains immobile for a prolonged period. 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.

Insufficient attention to patients and residents’ needs may result in pressure sores occurring. This is especially problematic if someone lacks the mobility to be able to shift their body themselves and relies on hospital or care home staff to alter their resting position for them.

Pressure sores are a result of 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, especially for parts of the body without protection 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.

Types of pressure sore negligence claims

We have supported cases on many different types of pressure sore claim where negligence has been displayed by a health professional, such as:

  • Failure to accurately assess a patient’s needs
  • Failure to prevent infection of a pressure sore
  • Failure to regularly check the patient and move their position if the patient is spending elongated amounts of time in bed or confined to a wheelchair

We hear from many people with concerns over someone they love. They may be living in a care home and not receiving sufficient levels of care and attention which then results in a pressure sore. We can quickly advise you as to whether the care home has been negligent. If so, we can pursue pressure sore claims on their behalf. If they are unable to pursue the claim themselves (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.

What are the consequences of pressure sore negligence?

If pressure sores are not treated properly, they can develop into much more serious problems, such as:

  • Joint infections
  • Bone infections
  • Skin issues
  • Blood poisoning

Pressure sores fall into four different stages in terms of 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.

All medical professionals, whether in hospital or in a care home, have a duty of care to ensure that sores do not develop into something more severe by constantly monitoring patients and residents and being vigilant to prevent sores from occurring.

Am I eligible to claim compensation?

If you, or someone you care about, suffers from a pressure sore while in hospital, during a stay in residential care, or at any time when you are relying on healthcare professionals, you may be eligible for pressure sore compensation.

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 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 Lawyers, on a strictly no win no fee basis.

How Patient Claim Line can help with pressure sore claims

We’re not just the UK’s top-rated medical negligence specialists, but we’re also people just like you. This means we have a genuine understanding of cases involving pressure sore neglect, and a desire to help you with a wider understanding around pressure sore claims. If we accept your case, our expert legal team will guide you through each step and ensure you’re never left alone.

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 happen, the reality is that it’s often difficult to find out the reality of the situation. 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 medical negligence solicitors deal 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 hospital’s 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.

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Pressure Sore Claim?

Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

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 Pressure Sore Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Pressure Sore Claim

If pressure sore negligence is proven, then you are eligible for compensation for your injuries and suffering. As pressure sore claims specialists, we will help unravel any evidence for you and clearly explain how your pressure sore negligence came to be.

With any case we take on, we are not only no win no fee, but with any claim accepted also we offer you insurance. This also means that it will not cost you anything if your claim is unsuccessful.

With pressure sore claims with Patient Claim Line, any compensation you receive will depend on a few varying factors. This includes the amount of time you suffer to the wider impact any error or negligence has on your daily life.

Remember, many claims we settle include compensation for other losses you have experienced. This may be a loss of earnings, if you have been unable to work, or predicted future losses as a result of your experience.

Making a claim against pressure sore negligence can be a really positive statement. Any compensation you receive can kick-start a new lease in life, making a huge difference to both you as an individual and your family. The final sum of compensation may not be life-changing, but it still makes a difference. It could pave the way for a long-awaited holiday, or simply loosen some financial restrictions.

Meet our Pressure Sore Team

  • Peter Rigby

    Director of Medical Negligence

  • Daniel Finney

    Chartered Legal Executive

  • Kathryn Sharkey

    Senior Solicitor

  • Saima Mazhar

    Partner, Head of Medical Negligence

  • Case Study

    Sarah's Story

    "Now we have peace of mind"

    My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.

    In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.

    He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.