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There is no excuse for negligent treatment in hospitals and care homes. If you or your loved one have been a victim of bedsore, you are within your rights to pursue bed sore claims.
Although pressure sores can easily be treated, if left untreated, they could degenerate from early stage pressure sore to pain inflicting grade 4 pressure sores or even infection.
Our Solicitors are experts in Bed Sore & Pressure Sore Compensation Claims. You can contact them today by completing our quick Free Claim Assessment or call us on 0800 644 4240.
What is a pressure sore?
Pressure sore otherwise known as bedsore or pressure ulcer is an injury or wound that develops when constant pressure on a particular area of the body causes damages to the skin.
When pressure or compression is on an area of skin for long, it disrupts normal blood flow; which in turn results in cell death and consequently the skin breaks down. For example, when a patient’s skin is in continuous contact with a bed surface.
Generally, bed sores are more likely to develop on areas of the body with little body fat; including the hips, heels and buttocks.
Symptoms of Bed sores
Bed sores can develop in a few hours, however, they are most common in bony areas such as heels, hips, elbows, etc. Generally, some of the symptoms of pressure sore includes;
- Skin discolouration – Red patches on pale skin, purple or blue patches on darks skin
- Pain and itchiness in the affected area of body
- Blister or open wound
- Deep wounds
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What are the Causes of Pressure Sores?
Pressure sores may be seen as a natural occurrence, especially when a patient has been admitted for long periods in a hospital. However, if the pressure sores were preventable, not treated appropriately or left untreated altogether; this could be an indication that the medical professional has been negligent.
Causes of pressure sores are generally pressures from excessive periods of sitting or lying in one spot. People who are unable to move around – for example, patients confined to a wheelchair or bedridden for a long time, are more risk of getting pressure sores.
Here are some of the most common examples of causes of pressure sores:
- Inability to move around
- Weight loss – less body fat over bony areas
- Poor diet
- Sliding down in a bed or chair – (shearing)
- Friction of skin against sheet
- Lack of fluid (dehydration)
Our medical and Negligence solicitors are experts in bringing bedsore claims. Most of the clients we have represented have been victims of hospital negligence that has resulted in bed sores relating to:
- Failure to provide adequate bedding
- Improper nursing care
- Misapplication of a plaster cast
- Misapplication of bandages
- Failing to carry out an adequate assessment
We have helped victims claim compensation for the unnecessary pain and suffering they have experienced due to pressure sores. Whether your case is one of GP negligence or NHS negligence, we can assist you with your bedsore claims if you contact us today.
Stages of Pressure sore
If left untreated, pressure sore can get worse. Bed sore grading usually depend on how deep the sores have become and are classed under 4 stages:
Grade 1 pressure sore
This is the early stage pressure sore that affects only the surface of the skin.
Grade 2 pressure sore
This is a more severe stage where sores go beyond the surface of the skin to affect areas below the skin.
Grade 3 pressure sore
Here the bed sores dig deeper, past the second layer of the skin into the fat tissues
Grade 4 pressure sore
Grade 4 pressure ulcer is the most severe stage with very serious consequences. Here, some muscles and ligaments may even be affected.
Prevention of pressure sores
While it is important to treat pressure sores quickly, it is much better to prevent them from occurring. This is because pressure sores can cause a huge amount of unnecessary pain and suffering for patients, and untreated bed sores may even lead to much more serious conditions.
One of the most effective ways of preventing bedsores or pressure sores is by ensuring that immobile patients are moved around more regularly. This is achievable when hospital staff help to move patients around manually or when an automatic bed is in use. Such movements, no matter how insignificant they may seem, help to relieve the pressure on the area of the skin where the patient has been lying on or sitting on.
Though this might sound like a very simple preventative measure, most patients still find themselves becoming victims of pressure sores. Especially in a healthcare setting like the NHS where they struggle with problems of being understaffed, a lot of patients experience bed sores.
In the NHS, there are specific guidelines put in place to prevent pressure sores from developing. These routines are designed to ensure that appropriate beds are provided for patients, patients are moved regularly, and their skin is regularly inspected.
If a medical professional has acted with less care, causing you to develop bed sores, you may be eligible to make bedsore claims. Our medical negligence solicitors are experts in Bed Sore and Pressure Sore Compensation Claims. You can contact them today by completing our quick Free Claim Assessment or call us on 0800 644 4240.
|How long before bed sores develop?
Pressure sore can take effect as quickly as within 2-3 hours after blood supply to that area of the body has been cut off. That is why constant monitoring of patients or vulnerable people who are lying or sitting still is very vital.
Treatment of bed sores
When pressure sores are at their mildest stage, all that may be required is basic nursing care. However for more severe stages like grade 4 bedsore, which can be very serious and lead to life-threatening complications, treatment required is different.
Before pressure ulcers are treated, the degree of injury will be inspected by your doctor. Some of the treatment for pressure sores include:
This is the first line of action with any pressure sore irrespective of stage. Changing position does one thing – stop the pressure.
Specially designed mattress
This is one pressure relieving equipment for pressure sores. This is especially if your bed sore is in its early stage. This type of bed for bed sores is designed to have a pump that provides a constant flow of air to the mattress.
For grade 1 pressure ulcer, simple dressing like washing with mild soap and water and drying it gently does the trick; since the injury is only surface deep. In other cases you can keep the sore covered with bed sore plaster or a moist gauze. Dressing a pressure sore usually help speed up the healing process.
Creams and ointments
Not all creams and ointments are suitable for treating pressure ulcers – especially antiseptic or antibiotic creams. However, there are certain pressure sore cream UK that may be needed. These are known as barrier creams that may be needed to protect the damaged or irritated skin.
If the pressure ulcer is infected, antibiotics may be recommended. For example, antibiotics are mostly prescribed in grade 3 pressure sore treatment which may involve removing dead tissues, to prevent infection.
Healthy balanced diet plays a crucial role in speeding up the healing process in pressure sores. At any stage it is important to eat meals that contain enough protein. Just as your diet is important, it is equally important to take plenty of water to avoid getting dehydrated.
This is a procedure where damaged or dead tissues are removed from the pressure ulcer area, to help it heal.
For grade 4 pressure ulcers which are the most severe, surgery is usually required as the wounds may not heal on their own. This is because they are deep seated. Surgery is targeted at removing damaged tissue and closing the wound
At any stage of your pressure sore, if your doctor has acted negligently, you may be eligible for making bed sore claims. Irrespective of the area of your body, whether it is pressure sore on ear or pressure sores on buttocks, provided negligence can be proven, you stand a chance.
|Can bed sores lead to death?
Yes, pressure sores can lead to death. Some of the most severe pressure sores are associated with fatal septic infections. Generally, people with grade 4 pressure sores are at risk of developing a life threatening infection as the skin is severely damaged and the surrounding tissue begins to die.
Making Bed Sore Claims
If you are looking at making pressure sore compensation claims it is important for you to understand that the law has made provision for you as a patient to make these claims. As with most Medical Negligence Claims, pressure so cleans must be brought within the three-year time limits for making claims.
Thinking about suing the NHS for bed sore claims? You can do that. Our NHS negligence solicitors are experts in bringing claims against the NHS. Provide us with the full details of your case and we will carry out our investigation to confirm whether or not your case is worth a claim.
Making pressure sore claims can help to prevent others from becoming victims of the same negligent act. Our solicitors often find that NHS guidelines usually change following a medical negligence claim. When mistakes that lead to bed sore claims are highlighted, better care and treatment methods are adopted to prevent a repeat of the same thing.
It is unacceptable that you or your vulnerable loved one was treated this way. It is also important that you are able to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering. At the very least, this compensation will cover for all additional expenses incurred seeking medical treatment elsewhere due to the injury.
More so, if you have had to take time off work, in this circumstance, it is only fair that you receive the correct amount of compensation for your suffering.
What is the best funding option for pressure sore claims?
Our advise for anyone looking to pursue bed sore claims is to opt for a conditional agreement – No win No Fee. This agreement usually puts you, a claimant, in a position where you are at no risk of financial loss.
With a No Win No Fee, you will be represented by an expert solicitor without having to pay any upfront fees. More so, if it happens that your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be required to cover any legal fees. The only time there is a cost to you is when you have secured compensation.
Our medical negligence solicitors operate a No Win No Fee agreement. However, if you desire an alternative option, our solicitors will also discuss any other options that are available regarding your case.
How Much Compensation Will I Get for Bedsore claims?
Bed sore claims payouts vary depending on the extent of your suffering and the details of your case. For example, if you or your loved one have suffered a more severe grade 3 pressure sore or as opposed a grade 1 pressure ulcer, compensation amount received would be different.
How much you receive is dependent on what exactly happened and what the impact on your life in general. Did you lose your means of earning as a result? Where there other financial expenses incurred? All these will be put into account before compensation is awarded for your bedsore claims. This is also true for NHS compensation.
Our solicitors will be able to guide you through the levels of compensation available based on your own circumstances. Contact them today for a Free Case Assessment.
Let us help you with your claims
Our medical negligence claims solicitors have decades of experience in helping victims of bed sores bring forward their claims. They specialize in this area of law and are quite simply experts and will also provide you with support and kindness in your time of need.
If your doctor has left your bed sores untreated, we can help you make GP negligence claims. Has your loved one been mistreated in a hospital, we understand all it takes to make hospital negligence claims.
We understand the impact of pressure sore on the life of our clients and how distressing the times can be and are here to help them get through. Contact us today for a free claim assessment and we will provide you with all the support you need to secure maximum compensation for your bed sore claims.