Pressure Sore/Pressure Ulcer claims
The elderly, disabled and diabetics are particularly vulnerable to pressure sores. This is shocking when in fact 95% of pressure sores are preventable.
Pressure sores – also called pressure ulcers or bedsores – are wounds which develop when constant pressure or friction on an area of the body disrupts the blood flow, and this results in the skin and underlying tissues starting to break down.
Patients who have poor mobility or are bedbound should be risk assessed by those caring for them and preventative action, such as the provision of pressure relieving mattresses and a regime of regular turning, should be taken.
If sores develop, immediate action must be taken to avoid further deterioration and promote healing. Treatment will include careful monitoring, regular dressing changes, minimising pressure on the affected areas and, in some cases, surgery to remove damaged tissue. In extreme cases, infection and breakdown may result in amputation, infection or death.
We specialise in these claims so if you or someone close to you has suffered from a pressure sore, call Ison Harrison now for free advice on 0113 284 5745.
Case report: Substandard care led to pressure ulcers
Ison Harrison successfully acted on behalf of a client who developed pressure ulcers after she was admitted to hospital following a fracture to her leg. Our client suffered from multiple sclerosis and due to her immobility was at increased risk of developing pressure ulcers.
Whilst in hospital she developed a grade 2 sacral pressure ulcer. Ison Harrison obtained evidence from a nursing expert which established that the care provide to our client was substandard. In particular there was a failure to provide a pressure relieving mattress and a failure to ensure our client was regularly turned to reduce the risk of developing pressure ulcers. Fortunately our client has made a good recovery but remains at increased risk of developing further pressure ulcers in the future.
Liability was admitted by the NHS Litigation Authority and we reached a negotiated settlement of £16,500.
Case report: Poor care of high risk patient
A partner in our clinical negligence department, recovered damages of £15,000.00 on behalf of Mr P who developed a skin sore on his left heel following admission to hospital with a broken leg.
Mr P was at high risk of developing pressure damage as he was elderly, diabetic and immobile due to the fracture. Nevertheless the hospital staff failed to provide a pressure relieving mattress and to ensure that he was turned regularly.
For confidential advice on how we can support you with expert medical negligence legal advice following onset of a pressure sore contact our experienced medical negligence solicitors on 0113 284 5745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Case report: Amputation
A partner in our Clinical Negligence Department, successfully pursued a case on behalf of a claimant who developed pressure sores to her sacral (lower back) and groin areas while in hospital following a through knee amputation.
Mrs D suffered from progressive MS and was already confined to a wheelchair, with no sensation below waist level.
It was not until she was discharged home that she and her family became aware of the pressure ulcers, which took several years to heal.
Mrs D remained at increased risk of tissue breakdown and the settlement of £45,000.00 included the cost of a powered wheelchair to assist in preventing further pressure sores.