Pressure sore compensation claims

Updated: October 8, 2018

Introduction

It is estimated that almost 500,000 people a year will experience a pressure or bed sore, often during hospital stays on during recovery from an illness or injury .

In many cases, an underlying health condition makes movement difficult or requires extensive bed rest. The NHS estimates around 1 in 20 people admitted to hospital with a sudden illness will develop a pressure sore.

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Discovering who is legally responsible for a pressure sore?

Pressure sores typically develop as a result of pressure on one part of the body for an extended period of time. Also referred to as ulcers or bed sores, they can develop into very serious and painful wounds, vulnerable to infection.

The pain and inflammation from these sores can restrict the ability to walk or move and often take a long time to heal.

A duty to identify at-risk patients and residents

Medical professionals and auxiliary staff in hospitals, and other care facilities, have a legal duty to ensure the health and safety of individuals in their care. All individuals admitted to a hospital or nursing home should be assessed on admission for their risk of developing pressure sores.

The Waterlow Score is a protocol commonly used by medical staff to identify at-risk patients. A failure to follow the protocol may be evidence in support of a medical negligence claim.

The risk of developing pressure sores is known to be higher for individuals who are elderly, unwell, immobile or diabetic. Nursing staff should regularly monitor individuals to prevent pressure sores developing or deteriorating, and should:

  • Provide appropriate bed mattresses, such as air filled mattresses
  • Apply pressure dressings where needed
  • Regularly assess skin health
  • Maintain high standards of hygiene and cleanliness
  • Move and roll individuals regularly to alleviate pressure on bones and skin
  • Provide appropriate medication, foods and nutrients to support the healing process

If these, or similar measures were not carried out, you may have grounds to make a hospital neglect compensation claim. To be successful, it must be proven that failures in maintaining appropriate standards of treatment and care caused, or worsened, your pressure sore injury.

The hospital or nursing home responsible for negligent care and treatment can be held liable for the injury caused.

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Do I have a pressure sore claim?

You are entitled to make a personal injury claim if you have developed a pressure sore injury due to the negligence of an individual, hospital, nursing home, or other medical care facility.

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100% No Win No Fee pressure sore compensation claim

A no win no fee contract (also called a Conditional Fee Agreement) is entered into between the claimant and a PI lawyer.

A Conditional Fee Agreement is in essence the terms and conditions under which the solicitor works for the claimant.

It sets out what the solicitor will do as well as how they is paid if your compensation claim is won.

If you choose Quittance Personal Injury for your pressure sore compensation claim there are no extra fees , no up-front fees and the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

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How much compensation can I claim for a pressure sore?

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our medical negligence compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Lee Raynor Clinical Negligence Panel Solicitor
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About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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