Compensation claims for bed sores, pressure sores and ulcers
If you or a loved one has received negligent care then you may be able to bring a claim for compensation. Call our injury and medical negligence lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a free, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form to start a free case assessment.
Bed sores, also known as pressure sores or ulcers, can occur when an individual is in contact with a bed for a long period of time. Those who are elderly, ill, immobile or vulnerable are most at risk if they are not appropriately cared for.
Failure to monitor or turn a patient or resident regularly while in a hospital, care or a nursing home can result in a bed sore, pressure sore or an ulcer developing. If a sore has developed then our specialist team of Clinical and Medical Negligence lawyers may be able to help you bring a compensation claim.
Bed sores, pressure sores and ulcers can be extremely painful and may even result in an infection, which can significantly restrict the movement of a patient or care home resident. The majority of bed sores, pressure sores and ulcers can be avoided with the appropriate risk assessments and preventative care interventions.
Severity of bed sores
Sores are graded on a scale of 1 to 4, depending upon the severity of the sore.
- A grade 1 pressure ulcer is the most superficial type of ulcer. The affected area appears discoloured and the skin does not turn white when pressure is placed upon them.
- A grade 2 pressure ulcer has some damage to the outer surface of the skin and the deeper layer of the skin. This type of ulcer looks like an open wound or a blister.
- A grade 3 pressure ulcer has skin loss throughout the entire thickness of the skin. The underlying tissue is also damaged but the underlying muscle and bone is not. This type of pressure ulcer looks like a wound with a deep cavity.
- A grade 4 pressure ulcer is the most severe type of pressure ulcer. In this situation the skin is severely damaged and the tissue beings to die. The underlying muscles or bone may also be damaged. Those with a grade 4 pressure ulcer have a higher risk of developing a life-threatening infection.
If you or loved one have developed a bed sore, pressure sore or ulcer in a hospital, care home or a nursing home and would like to discuss making a compensation claim please call a member of our Clinical and Medical Negligence team on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.
If the matter is particularly sensitive and immediate assistance is required then we can arrange for one of our Clinical and Medical Negligence lawyers to meet you at the hospital, care or nursing home.