Pressure sores or ulcers can develop where a patient’s skin is in contact with the bed for a long period of time. Plaster sores can also form where a plaster is put on incorrectly after a fracture. The risk is higher where a patient is elderly, ill, immobile or diabetic and their skin is in poor condition.
Pressure sores can be very serious. They can be painful and take a long time to heal and some do not heal at all. They can lead to infection. They can restrict your ability to walk or move.
Preventing Pressure Sores
All patients admitted to hospital should be assessed on admission to hospital under the Waterlow system. The higher their Waterlow score, the greater the risk of pressure sores. Nurses should prevent pressure sores developing by providing an appropriate bed and making sure patients move (and if necessary are turned). If this was not done because of nursing errors you may be able to claim compensation for pressure sores.
Preventing Plaster Sores
Plaster sores should not occur if plaster casts are applied correctly. If you have complained of an area of pain under the plaster, the plaster should be removed so that the area can be checked for sores or ulcers.
Our approach to pressure sore claims
We have recovered large awards of compensation for clients who developed pressure sores or plaster sores as a result of medical or nursing errors. Most recently we represented the Simper family, whose husband/father died due to negligence at a care home.
Other cases have included:
- Failure to carry out an adequate assessment
- Failure to prevent pressure sores by providing an adequate bed or providing proper nursing care
- Putting on bandages too tight
- Putting on plaster too tight
For clients who have developed a disability because of pressure sores or plaster sores, compensation can be very important for their quality of life.
Compensation can enable them to have:
- Private medical treatment, avoiding delays and in greater comfort than in NHS hospitals
- Nursing care at home
- Help with housework
- Money to make good any loss of earnings
Contact our expert medical negligence solicitors to discuss your pressure sore claim
Our expert team can also advise you on funding options for bringing a pressure sore claim and any time constraints you may need to keep in mind when bringing a claim.
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