Pressure sore claims
Pressure sores are extremely painful and are obtained quickly, but it can take patients a long time to recover from them. They occur when someone is immobile for a significant period of time. Though treatable, pressure sores can cause a number of complications such as infection and need for amputation. They can take years to heal if not diagnosed and treated early.
Healthcare professionals have a duty to ensure that patients don’t develop painful sores during their stay in hospital. Though in most cases doctors and nurses provide exceptional care for their patients, pressure sores are unfortunately all too common.
During a stay at the hospital, which can be stressful already, pressure sores are the last thing that you need to worry about. Everybody deserves the highest quality of care when under the supervision of doctors and nurses during a hospital visit. If you or a loved one
have not received an acceptable quality of care and have developed pressure sores as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.
What is a pressure sore claim?
Pressure sores (also called ulcers or pressure ulcers) happen when a person is confined to a bed or chair for a long period of time. This puts prolonged pressure on the skin causing painful sores, which can be debilitating and lead to serious health problems in the future.
Generally, this happens to people who are immobile and more vulnerable to sores than others – namely if they are receiving care in hospital.
Common places for pressure sores to develop include:
- Back of head
Medical staff are responsible for preventing these pressure sores in vulnerable patients and have specific protocols that should be carried out to make sure they don’t occur. Unfortunately, these protocols aren’t always adhered to and medical professionals fail to
carry out routine procedures to prevent painful pressure ulcers.
This treatment is unacceptable – if you or a loved one has suffered from a pressure sore you may be eligible to make a pressure sore claim.
At Fletchers Solicitors, our team of medical negligence lawyers have over 200 years’ combined experience and have dealt with both private and NHS pressure sore claims. We believe that everyone deserves compensation if they have had negligible treatment, so
always work on a No Win, No Fee basis to remove any financial barriers.
Different types of pressure sore claims
Pressure sores come in a variety of types, all of which can be extremely painful for the patient. They occur when there is prolonged pressure on a particular area of their skin, and blood circulation is limited. Although anyone can get a pressure sore, some people are more likely to suffer from sores than others. Factors which can make a person more vulnerable to pressure sores include:
- Other medical conditions including Peripheral Arterial Disease and kidney failure
- Age (those over 70 tend to be more vulnerable)
- Mobility issues (paralysis or poor mobility)
- Poor diet
- Urinary and/or bowel incontinence
Sores are graded on a scale of 1 to 4, and symptoms can range from patches of red skin that is painful or tender to touch to blistering to dead tissue exposing tendons and muscles.
The sores are painful enough at the time, but can also lead to further complications in the future, such as skin issues and joint infections.
Pressure sores are quick to arise, but without proper care can lead to long lasting health complications. Particularly for those that are vulnerable, medical negligence claims can arise when nurses and other medical professionals fail to assess the risk of pressure sores and implement a regime into your treatment to prevent them. A care plan should be drawn up and ongoing assessments and examinations should take place. If not, this can lead to unnecessary added pain for patients.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a pressure sore, it is likely that you will be eligible to make a medical negligence claim. There are some cases where pressure sores are unavoidable, but in most cases they are a result of poor healthcare.
When you are staying in a hospital, you put your trust in the medical professionals treating you to make sure that nothing goes wrong.
If you, a close friend or relative has suffered from a pressure sore that could have been prevented, we understand the betrayal and frustration that you may be feeling. That’s why at Fletchers Solicitors, our dedicated team will work tirelessly to secure you the justice and compensation that you deserve.
Is there a time limit on making a pressure sore claim?
You have a three year period in which you can make a pressure sore claim, starting from the date that you were first made aware that you received negligible medical treatment. This is not necessarily three years from your hospital stay where the incident occured, but three years from when you first realised something wasn’t right during your treatment.
If the claim is for a person under the age of 18, the three year time limit begins on the day that they turn 18 and ending on their 21st birthday. The three year period also applies in the unfortunate circumstance that the claim is being made by the next of kin of someone who has passed away – starting from the date of death.
If the individual that has suffered from a pressure sore does not have the capacity to make their own claim, there is no time limit.
At Fletchers Solicitors, we will fight your battles for you and do everything we can to guide you through the legal system with the greatest support. We place our clients and their families at the heart of everything we do, treating each case and client individually.