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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 medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims.
At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with 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 an Pressure sore claim
Meet our medical negligence team
Director of Medical Negligence
Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.
Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.
Partner, Head of Strategy and Legal Operations
Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.
Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.
Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.
Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department. She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.
Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work. She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people. Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.
One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area. Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.
Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council.
Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.
Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.
He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.
Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.
JI v Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust: £1.25m recovered for client left paraplegic after spinal anaesthesia.
RS v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: £150,000 recovered for client in respect of a failure to recognise complications after a kidney transplant, where her father was the donor.
JN v MA: £100,000 recovered for a client who suffered 2 years persistent pain and disability after knee replacement surgery undertaken as a private patient.
CS v Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: £400,000 recovered for a child who sustained Erb’s palsy during her delivery.
WO’C (Deceased) v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; £450,000 recovered for the family of the deceased who died as a result of a delay in diagnosing a brain tumour.
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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.
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