Pressure sores can be very painful and can even result in the need for amputation if not treated correctly and quickly enough.
What are pressure sores?
Pressure sores, which are also known as bed sores, occur when someone experiences a lack of mobility causing them for example to lie in bed for a long period of time. Pressure sores are preventable which illustrates that with good nursing a person would not suffer from such a serious condition unnecessarily.
A pressure sore is basically an area of skin and tissue which because of lack of circulation, begins to die. Pressure sores often occur on the back, buttock, heel and hips and if not treated can become infected and very painful. They can also lead to death if not treated
Medical care and rehabilitation
The consequences of pressure sores can range from relieving the area from pressure to improve circulation, surgery, skin grafts or even death. The extent of medical care required will depend on the stage of the pressure sore when detected.
Long-term support and care
A pressure sore can cause a long term disability for a person if left untreated or unnoticed and the long term support required will vary from case to case.
We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you. These include:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.
When should I contact a solicitor?
You or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.
We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home during the continuance of your claim.
Can I claim compensation for pressure sores?
If you or someone you know has suffered from pressure sores whilst under the care of a healthcare professional then you may have a claim to compensation. Pressure sores are usually avoidable in most cases with good medical care.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.