Do you have a pressure sores compensation claim?
Pressure sores are extremely common in people who have suffered an immobilising injury and are unable to move from their hospital bed. Latest figures show that 412,000 NHS patients are affected by bedsores each year, with 4,708 people dying as a result of pressure sores between 2003 and 2008.
Hospital staff have a duty of care to prevent their patients from sustaining pressure sores while they are receiving treatment. However, negligence claims are becoming more and more common.
If you believe you or a loved one has suffered from pressure sores as a result of the poor care you received while in the hospital, you could be entitled to make a pressure sores compensation claim.
What are pressure sores?
Pressure sores or bed sores are a type of wound that develops when constant pressure or friction causes damage to the skin. They are most common in people with little or no mobility, such as those who are ill, bedridden or in a wheelchair.
The severity of pressure sores can vary, but they often leave scars and can cause a lot of discomfort to patients. If left untreated, pressure sores can lead to severe pain, long-term damage and even death.
There are ways to prevent pressure sores from happening, including regularly changing the patient’s body position and using specialist equipment such as ergonomic mattresses and cushions to relieve any pressure.
How much compensation is paid for pressure sores compensation claims?
Pressure sore claim amounts may vary depending on the seriousness of the injury and the circumstances involved. All compensation amounts will be calculated on a case by case basis. One recent case study resulted in our client being awarded £25,000 due to pressure sores occurring after poor care whilst in the hospital.
The value of your claim will depend on a number of factors, including:
- Whether or not you have fully recovered
- The severity of your pressure sores
- Any loss of earnings you may have encountered
- Any additional care costs
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How to make a pressure Sores injury claim
We have experience in dealing with all kinds of medical negligence claims, including bed sores and ulcers.
If you think you have suffered from pressure sores as a result of the poor care you received in hospital, our specialist team of personal injury lawyers are here to help you make a pressure sore compensation claim.
To make a claim, call us today for a no obligation discussion with our specialist medical negligence team.