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Home > Personal Injury > Medical Negligence > Medical Establishments > Pressure sores

Pressure sores

Pressure sores are areas where the skin and underlying tissue lacks oxygen and nutrients therefore making it impossible to maintain healthy tissue. This causes the area to breakdown and form a sore.

Initially pressure sores may appear as red, tender areas of skin that do not disappear after a few hours. They can be painful and turn purple in colour.

Diabetic patient suffers pressure sores because of poor hospital care

In this compensation claim for medical negligence our client underwent emergency surgery for a below the knee amputation following complications caused by diabetes.

As if this were not traumatic enough, the poor treatment he received in hospital whilst recovering from his surgery, resulted in his developing horrific pressure sores.

Our specialist medical negligence lawyers entered into strong negotiation with the NHS Trust and were successful in securing several thousand pounds of medical negligence compensation for our client.
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Please select one of the links below to learn more about pressure sores or ulcers, or to see whether Clear Answers could help you bring a claim for compensation.

Common places for pressure sores

Common places for pressure sores to develop include:

  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Base of spine
  • Heels Ankles
  • Shoulders

How are pressure sores caused

Pressure sores develop as a result of sustained pressure on a particular area of the body which in turn leads to the obstruction of blood vessels. Friction or rubbing of the skin can also lead to pressure sores as the blood vessels can stretch and bend causing pressure ulcers to form.

In many instances it is easy to avoid contracting pressure sores. Pressure can occur as a result of poor nursing care, for example if a patient is left to lie in the same position for a prolonged period of time.

If it is known that a patient is to spend long periods of time in the same position then it is the responsibility of the medical staff to ensure that sufficient precautions are taken such as the provision of special mattresses and cushions that can reduce the risk of sores developing.

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Medical negligence news about pressure sores

Clear Answers' lawyers deal with very many successful cases of all types of medical negligence and personal injury claims. We have teams of experts with a wealth of experience in your type of accident or injury, waiting to help you claim your rightful compensation.

Please visit our regularly updated Personal Injury News Section to view some examples of related news items, and our successful personal injury accident compensation claims.

Below are just a couple more example of a medical negligence claim which we hope will be of interest. Please read the full story by clicking on the links.

Mother suffers serious injuries during the birth of her first child

When what should have been an incredibly joyful time in her life went drastically wrong, our client asked for our medical negligence legal advice in bringing a claim for compensation against the hospital that had caused her such pain and distress.

Our specialist medical negligence lawyers negotiated fiercely with the NHS Trust and after advising our client to reject initial derisory offers, were able to secure a five figure sum in compensation.
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Medical negligence compensation for substandard nursing care

Following an emergency operation, which was successful, this client was subjected to such substandard nursing care at this hospital, that she developed pressure sores, despite repeatedly advising the nursing staff that she was suffering discomfort and numbness.
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Medical negligence compensation

If proven that medical negligence is the primary factor in the development of pressure sores then it is possible to make a claim for damages that could cover the costs of care and ensure that the claimant has financial security and the capability to lead a better quality of life.

Important things to consider before making a compensation claim include the time limits involved, there are strict three year time limits for claims of this nature as with all personal injury claims and also finding the right solicitors who possess the necessary experience to obtain the compensation that you deserve.

Clear Answers' lawyers, Thompsons Solicitors have an impressive track record when it comes to these types of claims, no matter how complex the case seems to you we will be able to provide you with expert advice that is uncomplicated and in terms that you can understand. A solicitor will be there every step of the way throughout your claim and we are committed to keeping you informed throughout the whole of the claim process.

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Compensation claim

Have you or a member of your family suffered as a result of medical negligence? For more information about our service or for advice about whether we can assist you with a medical negligence compensation claim contact us today on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms. One of our representatives will contact you (without obligation) to discuss the matter further within 24 hours (48 hours at weekends).

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

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