Pressure Sore Claims


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By Osian Jones

on Thursday 4 January 2018


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What is a pressure sore?

A pressure sore, also known as a pressure ulcer develops when a localised areas of tissue, usually areas close to the skeleton like; ankles, elbows and back, are damaged due to prolonged pressure or friction. The pressure can cause the soft tissue to become tender and painful due to inflammation, swelling and infection.

When left untreated they can cause the patient extreme suffering and can even result in death.
The main cause for a pressure sore is prolonged immobility due to a patient being bed bound or physically unable to change position, a situation that commonly occurs in hospitals.

 

When can I claim compensation for a pressure sore?

The health care professional who is handling your treatment should assess the risk in your treatment procedure and undertake individualised care plans to prevent unnecessary harm in relation to your treatment. Failure for staff to take precautions against bedsores or to notice any pressure ulcers developing could constitute as a breach in a duty of care that is owed to you.

If this breach in duty of care leads to unnecessary personal injury or harm to your wellbeing then the healthcare provider can be deemed to have been negligent.

Using evidence of negligence your solicitor can then build a case to claim compensation for the pressure sore or pressure ulcer you have suffered from.

 

How Accident Line Direct can help

Calling Accident Line Direct can put you in contact with an experienced and proven solicitor who can help you pursue a claim for pressure sores. In order to maximise your likelihood of compensation then get in contact for further advice or to start your claims process today.

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