Pressure Sores

If you or a loved one has suffered from pressure sores, also known as bedsores, as a result of the negligence of a trusted medical professional, you could be entitled to claim compensation. At JMW we will help you through every step of the pressure sore claims process, ensuring you are well informed and given the very best chance of securing your desired outcome.

Our experience and expertise means you can trust us to provide the guidance that you and your family needs during what can be a difficult time. To find out how our expert clinical negligence team can help you today, simply call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch at a time convenient for you.

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Pressure Sores Explained

Pressure sores, also known as bedsores and pressure ulcers, are lesions caused by the death of soft tissue in the skin and muscles. They usually develop around bony ridges of the body, such as the hip or heel. They are generally believed to begin at the level of the bone and work towards the skin. If they are not treated, pressure sores can be fatal.

Pressure sores are usually avoidable. When a pressure sore develops as a result of a failure to implement national or local guidelines, a patient may be able to bring a successful claim. The level of compensation awarded in a successful claim is related to the severity of the injury and the financial impact on the patient. If you are considering pursuing a claim after developing a pressure sore, we can offer free initial advice to assess the merits of your case.

Causes of Pressure Sores

The primary cause is pressure against the skin, for example from a mattress. Soft tissue needs an adequate blood supply to provide nutrients and remove waste. When these tissues are compressed, the blood supply is restricted and eventually the tissue begins to die.

Some pressure sores occur as a result of one prolonged period of pressure against an area of skin. Others occur when an area of the body is subjected to repeated periods of pressure.

  1. How Are Pressure Sores Treated?

    Pressure sores are treated by the removal of the dead tissue, followed by infection control. Diet is altered in order to ensure the patient is receiving an adequate supply of nutrients. Care must be taken to ensure there is no pressure on the wound and specialised mattresses can be used with certain patients.

    The more severe forms of pressure sore can result in serious complications. These include sepsis and gangrene. A small percentage of patients may go on to develop renal failure.

  2. How Can Pressure Sores Be Avoided?

    In the 1950s it became apparent that pressure sores could be avoided by turning a patient over every two hours, thereby relieving the pressure on any one isolated area of skin. The government has introduced national guidelines that state that any patient with a pressure ulcer should receive an initial and ongoing pressure ulcer assessment and should have access to pressure-relieving support services.

  3. What Types of Pressure Sores Are There?

    Pressure sores are graded in terms of severity with Grade 1 being the least severe and Grade 4 the most severe. Grade 4 includes pressure sores that have penetrated through most of the soft tissue covering the bone. Of these, many never heal and this can have serious ramifications on the patient’s quality of life.

  4. What Are the Risk Factors of Pressure Sores?

    Patients who are at the highest risk of developing pressure sores are those who are confined to a bed or chair and are unable to move without assistance from others. This includes patients who are recovering from major surgery and those with high BMIs, as well as those who are suffering from limited awareness.

    As moisture can hasten the onset of pressure sores, patients who are incontinent of either the bladder or bowel are particularly at risk, as are those suffering from dehydration because their skin may already be in a poor condition.

Why Choose JMW?

The clinical negligence team here at JMW is one of the most respected in the UK. Renowned solicitor Eddie Jones leads the team and we have experience in winning many multi-million pound settlements for our clients.  

In many cases we are able to employ a no win, no fee system that allows you to move forward with your claim with no financial risk and greater peace of mind.

Talk to Us

If you or a family member have developed pressure sores due to medical negligence and wish to receive compensation for your suffering, JMW can help. Contact our clinical negligence team for a no obligation conversation by calling 0800 054 6512. Alternatively, complete our online contact form and we will arrange a call back at a time convenient for you.

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