The primary cause of pressure and bed sores (otherwise known of pressure ulcers) is pressure against the skin, for example from a bed. Some pressure and bed sores can happen when there is one prolonged period of pressure against an area of skin or when an area of body is subject to repeated periods of pressure. Pressure and bed sores are a particular problem for those confined to a bed or a chair and are unable to move without assistance from others.
Pressure and bed sores are usually avoidable and can be avoided by regularly turned. There are guidelines which provide that any patient with a presssure or bed sore should receive an initial and ongoing pressure ulcer assessment and should have access for pressure relieving support services.
If you or a loved one has suffered from pressure and bed sores as a result of a failure by the staff at a hospital, care and nursing home to provide proper care you may be able to take legal action for compensation. It is difficult to assess whether the guidelines have not been complied with and expert advice is needed to work out whether you have a claim. Our specialist medical negligence solicitors will be able to advise you and we will act for you on a NO WIN NO FEE basis meaning that you will not have to pay any legal fees should your case be unsuccessful. Request a Free Consultation today.