If you or a family member are receiving medical treatment, you have a right to trust that the professionals providing care are doing everything they can to make sure you’re safe and well. However, when standards are allowed to drop, it can lead to painful issues such as pressure sores. If this has happened to you as a result of medical negligence, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
Pressure sores can lead to serious health implications, which is why it's so important that anyone affected should be able to access compensation for their pain and suffering. Making a claim can aid your recovery and can also offer an opportunity for your healthcare provider to learn from their mistakes.
We understand that pressure sore compensation claims can be a complex topic to navigate - which is where Switalskis comes in. Our dedicated team of legal experts specialise in pressure sore negligence cases and we'll provide you with the understanding, empathy and guidance you'll need during this difficult period.
Whether you need advice on your eligibility for a compensation claim, information on the overall pressure sore claims process, or just someone to listen to your concerns, we’re here for you. Reach out to us today and let us stand beside you in this fight for justice.
At Switalskis, our aim is to offer our clients the very best legal expertise, coupled with a deep understanding of the emotional stress that medical negligence can cause. We pride ourselves on our ability to support and guide you through the process of making a pressure sores compensation claim. By working with us, we'll act as more than just legal representatives, but as trusted partners navigating a challenging journey alongside you.
Our team consists of experienced solicitors who specialise in medical negligence claims, and several of our lawyers hold prestigious accreditations from the Law Society and the patients’ charity, Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) . We’re also recognised as being among the top clinical negligence teams in England by The Legal 500 UK, the foremost legal guide for clients.
Here's how Switalskis will help you with your pressure sore negligence claim:
With Switalskis, you have more than just a solicitor. You have a dedicated team committed to fighting for your rights, upholding your dignity, and striving to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.
A pressure sore, also known as a bedsore or pressure ulcer, is an area of damaged skin and tissue that typically develops when prolonged pressure or friction is applied to a particular part of the body. These sores can range from mild skin discolouration and minor irritation to severe, deep wounds that expose the underlying muscle or bone.
Pressure sores most commonly occur in areas where your bones are close to your skin, such as your ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips. People who are bedridden, use a wheelchair, or are unable to change position without help are most at risk of developing these sores.
There is an established pressure sore grading scale that shows how these sores can develop in terms of severity:
Pressure sores can be a significant cause of discomfort and can lead to serious health consequences such as cellulitis, bone and joint infections, or even if not treated promptly and correctly. The prevention and management of pressure sores are vital aspects of care, particularly in a healthcare setting. This is why it's so important to understand your right to make a pressure sore claim if something goes wrong.
Pressure sores are mainly caused by three factors: pressure, friction and shear.
Certain conditions and circumstances can increase the risk of developing pressure sores even further, including:
In a healthcare setting, these risks should be assessed and managed proactively by the healthcare professionals responsible for your care. Failure to do so can be classed as medical negligence and could form the basis for a compensation claim for pressure sores.
Pressure sores can develop in any setting where people are kept immobile for an extended period. These sores commonly develop in environments where individuals have limited mobility due to injury, illness or age, such as:
In most cases, pressure sores should be seen as preventable. Whether in a healthcare facility or at home, appropriate care and diligence in moving and repositioning the patient can significantly reduce the risk of these painful and potentially dangerous injuries.
Pressure sore negligence claims can be made if you or a loved one have suffered from pressure sores as a direct result of insufficient care, neglect or a breach of a medical professional's duty of care. You need to be able to show that the standard of care you received fell below the necessary standard and that this failure led directly to you developing a pressure sore.
Negligence can take many forms, including:
These circumstances could all potentially be grounds for a compensation claim. However, every case is unique and it's vital to speak to a legal expert to understand your rights and potential course of action when claiming pressure sores compensation.
Making a pressure sore compensation claim may seem complicated and daunting, but with Switalskis at your side, the process becomes manageable and much less stressful. Here's a general overview of the steps involved:
Throughout this process, our goal is to make the claim as straightforward as possible for you, providing support, guidance and reassurance at every turn. So, don't hesitate to start your journey towards receiving the justice you deserve - contact our pressure sores claims specialists today.
Timing is important when it comes to making a pressure sore claim. By law in England and Wales, you typically have three years from the date when the medical negligence happened to bring a claim, or from when you first became aware that negligence may have caused the pressure sores. This is known as the limitation period.
For instance, if a loved one developed pressure sores due to negligent care in a hospital, and you became aware of this negligence on that day, the three-year time limit would start from that date. However, for many pressure sore claims, the negligence may only be discovered at a later date, in which case the three-year period would begin from the day you made that discovery.
There are some exceptions to this rule:
The compensation amount you could receive for pressure sores varies greatly. It depends on a number of factors, including how severe the pressure sore was, its impact on your life, and the extent of the medical negligence that caused the problems. As such, compensation amounts are not predetermined and are instead based on your unique circumstances.
When calculating compensation for pressure sore claims, the total is generally split into two categories:
To give an estimate of how much compensation you could potentially receive, we need to fully understand the details of your case. By speaking to an experienced medical negligence solicitor at Switalskis, we can organise a free initial advice session and provide a personalised estimate based on your individual circumstances.
Potential costs are among the biggest concerns our clients have about claiming pressure sore compensation. At Switalskis, we're committed to making the process as accessible as possible by offering various funding options to meet your needs:
Remember, your first consultation with our clinical negligence solicitors is free and without obligation. We'll discuss the funding options available to you and help you choose the best one for your situation.
Suffering a pressure sore is a highly distressing experience with potentially significant longer-term consequences. If you develop bed sores as a result of mistakes made by medical professionals, the expert medical negligence solicitors at Switalskis are here to help you claim the compensation you deserve on a no win, no fee basis.
Call Switalskis today on 0800 1380 458 , or contact us through our website to find out more about pressure sore negligence claims and how we can help you with them.