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Pressure Sore claims

Hodge Jones Allen have many years of experience in acting for patients and families of those affected by pressure sores. We are very aware of how devastating these injuries can be.

What is a pressure sore?

A pressure sore is a patch of skin which has been subjected to a weight for an excessive period of time. They are also commonly referred to as an ulcer or bed sore. They can develop on any part of the body that is weight bearing whilst lying flat. Pressures sores often develop in the sacral area (bottom of the spine) but can develop on heels, on the back of the head or on elbows or shoulder blades of a patient.

Pressure sores are graded 1- 4 depending on how severe they are. They can just be a red patch of unbroken skin but the more severe pressure sores involve broken skin sometimes leading to infection. This would be classified as a Grade 4 pressure sore. Once they become an open wound they can take a long time to heal. They can develop very quickly – sometimes in just a few hours. They can affect all immobilised patients of any age. They frequently take a long time to heal and require constant monitoring once diagnosed.

How do they develop?

Pressure sores develop usually when a patient has been immobile for a long period of time and the pressure of the body has been concentrated in one small area ( such as the small of the back).

What are the consequences of pressure sores?

The consequences can be very severe. Open wounds due to pressure sores can take many months to heal. Even when healed the skin over the wound remains vulnerable for many years after the initial injury. Delays in diagnosing pressure sores can lead to severe infections, amputation and tragically even death.

How pressure sores be avoided?

All patients admitted to a care home or a hospital should be assessed using a standard test call the Waterlow score assessment. A higher Waterlow score indicates that the patient is at higher risk of pressure sores.

Care home staff and nurses can prevent pressure sores from developing by carefully assessing patients on admission to their unit. Immobilised patients with high Waterlow scores must have their skin checked regularly. Regular and frequent changes to a patient’s position is usually the most effective ways to prevent a pressure sore.

Pressure sore claims

Hodge Jones Allen know how devastating a pressure sore can be for a patient and their immediate family. Pressure sores can happen to anyone at any stage of their lives but often involve the elderly patients. Hodge Jones Allen deal with all pressure sore cases promptly and sensitively. We will quickly investigate and assist you in resolving your case using our extensive knowledge of these injuries.

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are backed by four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of London Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0800 437 0322 today.

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