Have you suffered pressure sores while in hospital or in care? We can help you to claim compensation for this avoidable injury.
Pressure sores happen from sitting or lying in one position for prolonged periods of time. Even if you are in a situation where you cannot move yourself, medical staff should do this for you.Injuries Direct can get you compensation if this basic level of care has not taken place.
Caused by sitting or lying in one place for too long, pressure sores or bed sores can develop when the blood supply is cut off over a lengthy period of time. This can result in an extremely painful ulcer-type injury, which can become infected and cause further skin and tissue to break down in the area. If you have suffered from pressure sores during your hospital stay, we can help you claim pressure sores compensation.
Pressure sores are an avoidable injury and being moving position regularly enough can stop them from occurring. In most cases, a nurse/doctor should ensure that your position is changed at least every couple of hours, maybe more for particularly ill patients. If they have ignored this duty, they may be responsible for medical negligence against you, Making a pressure sores claim is therefore all the more worth making as it may prevent someone else from having to go through the same ordeal.
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Types of Pressure Sores and Bed Sores
Pressure sores are a graded injury with levels of severity. These include:
- Grade 1 – The skin begins to discolour in the affected area and feels tender. Those with darker skin may find the area turning a blue/purple shade.
- Grade 2 – Surface of the patient’s skin begins to break. Skin surrounding the area becomes red, purple and generally sore looking.
- Grade 3 – Sufficient skin loss, dermis penetration and beginning to eat away at body fat.
- Grade 4 – Complete penetration of the fat layer and causing damage to muscles, possibly bone. Very difficult to heal, susceptible to fatal infection.
All patients are vulnerable to the threat of pressure sores in different ways. Those at particular risk should be assessed using Waterlow or NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines. This reduces the danger of serious bed sore injuries developing. This also reduces the chance of further infection such as MRSA, which mainly affects patients who have open wound injuries.
Some estimates suggest that around 95% of pressure sores are avoidable with the correct medical care and attention. Medical professionals have a duty of care for all patients, whether that is in an NHS hospital or a private clinic. They should ensure that vulnerable patients are turned regularly and are also well hydrated and nourished as this also plays and important part to stop bed sores developing.
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Making a Pressure Sores Claim for Compensation
Pressure sore claims require a knowledgeable medical negligence solicitor in order to secure the maximum amount of compensation available to you. At Injuries Direct we have access to a panel of experienced solicitors who can look at your case for you, and work out the best way to present it to get you compensation for negligence from the hospital or clinic responsible.
Pressure sores can be very painful and unpleasant and can have an affect you and your loved ones. For the extra suffering you go through because of something avoidable, pressure sores compensation can at least go some way to easing the pain you are going through.