Pressure Sores Compensation Claims with Win Wales
Have you had Pressure Sores as a result of a stay in hospital or in residential care when health care professionals were looking after you.
You may be entitled to compensation. Win Wales offer no win no fee Service.
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Even though very clear and comprehensive guidelines have been put in place on the preventative treatment methods, pressure sores, also known as bed sores or pressure ulcers, are still a major problem for those patients who are confined to a bed, chair or a wheelchair.
Patients who are unable to get out of bed are at risk of developing pressure sores on many parts of the body including their elbows, shoulders and shoulder blades, knees, ankles, heels and toes and on the spine. Wheelchair users are at risk of developing pressure sores on the back of the arms and legs, the back of the hip bone and on the buttocks.
As well as being painful, very uncomfortable and upsetting for the patient, pressure sores can also be quite difficult to treat. Even with the very highest standards of care, it’s not always possible to prevent pressure sores. Indeed, those people who are unable to move around easily because of illness or old age are particularly vulnerable and are at high risk.
The treatment for pressure sores includes the use of dressings, creams and gels that are designed to enable the healing process. Changing the patient’s position regularly throughout the day and using specially designed mattresses and cushions also helps alleviate the risk.
Pressure sores vary considerably in severity from small patches of skin discolouration to very painful open wounds. For some patients, pressure sores are just an annoyance requiring some minor nursing care, but for others, pressure sores can be very serious and can even lead to life-threatening complications including cellulitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning).
Caregivers are responsible for ensuring that anyone who is susceptible to pressure sores receives appropriate care to prevent it from happening. If a proper assessment is not undertaken or, indeed, if a plan to reduce the risk is not properly implemented, you may be entitled to compensation for this neglect.
If medical negligence of this type occurs, whether it is in the NHS or in the private sector, you can sue for compensation.
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