Pressure Sore Compensation Solicitors

Professional legal advice for those affected by Pressure Sores

During hospital stays, Pressure Sores can easily develop and can be far more serious than many people realise. In the worst cases they can cause blood poisoning or even disabilities. Contact us if you or a loved one has experienced pressure sores and you feel you may be entitled to compensation.

Get in Touch

Call us: 0800 138 0458

Pressure Sores Compensation - Switalskis SolicitorsWhat are Pressure Sores?

Pressure sores (sometimes referred to as pressure ulcers) develop when you are in a long period of inactivity and immobility. When in one position for an extended period, the pressure placed upon one area of the body causes a sore. They can be made worse by moisture and friction.

They can be identified through a discolouration of the skin, which can be itchy and hard. The skin of patients who are at risk should be inspected regularly. Patients at risk should be regularly repositioned and should not be allowed to sit for long periods. Muscle spasms can increase the amount of friction. Patients should also be assessed for a seating aid.

It is important to spot these symptoms as soon as possible, as when a sore is not treated it may cause a wound.

There are different grades of wound, ranging from grade one to grade four. The most severe of these open wounds, grade four, can reach the muscles or bones. If left untreated, the open bones and joints can become infected. Other conditions may stem from this such as bacterial skin infections and blood poisoning.

Plaster sores can also develop if a plaster cast is not applied properly. If a cast is not examined upon your request due to pain, then negligence has occurred as there has been no attempt to rectify the problem.

How are Pressure Sores treated?

Depending on the severity of the sore and which grade it falls under, treatment can differ. You may need to make daily changes such as ensuring your diet and nutrition is healthy to help recovery, as well as moving your position every so often to prevent sores developing.

Dressings may be used to heal the sores. These dressings are designed specifically for pressure sores and can include special gels, or antibiotics if there has been an infection. The most serious cases, grade four, may require surgery as the wounds cannot heal by themselves.

When can I make a pressure sore claim?

In most cases, pressure sore claims need to be made within three years from when you suffered from malpractice, or three years from when you first discovered your pressure sores. However, this time restriction can vary depending on the circumstances of your case.

For example, when making a claim for a child, the three year time restriction begins after the child turn 18 years old. Likewise, someone who lacks mental capacity and cannot make a claim on their own may also be exempt from the restriction.

What compensation can I receive?

If you have developed pressure sore injuries due to medical negligence, or in the worst case you have been left permanent disabilities, compensation is necessary to live the best quality of life possible. A successful settlement can pay for further medical treatment which may be needed, or any home adjustments to help you in day-to-day life. You can also recoup any earnings lost from taking time off work.

Our Medical Negligence Specialists

Suzanne Munroe Medical Negligence Solicitor and Director

Suzanne Munroe

Director & Solicitor

Sarah Tipton Walker, Medical Negligence Solicitor and Director

Sarah Tipton Walker

Director & Solicitor

Janet Baker Medical Negligence Solicitor and Director

Janet Baker

Director & Solicitor

Charlotte Reeves, Medical Negligence & Inquest Solicitor

Charlotte Reeves

Associate Solicitor

Georgina Peckett, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Switalskis

Georgina Peckett

Associate Solicitor

Lucy Wells, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Switalskis Sheffield

Lucy Wells

Associate Solicitor

Natalie Cosgrove, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Switalskis

Natalie Cosgrove

Associate Solicitor

Sadie Simpson, Medical Negligence & Inquest Solicitor

Sadie Simpson

Solicitor

Sunny Sandhu, Medical Negligence & Inquest Solicitor

Sunny Sandhu

Solicitor

Helena Tindall, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Huddersfield

Helena Tindall

Solicitor

Kate Gelder, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Doncaster

Kate Gelder

Solicitor

Ruth Tucker Medical Negligence Solicitor

Ruth Tucker

Solicitor

Delyth Ann Jones, Medical Neglicence Solicitor, Huddersfield

Delyth Ann Jones

Consultant Solicitor

Stephanie Kennedy, Medical Negligence Solicitor

Stephanie Kennedy

Solicitor

Linda Smith, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Sheffield

Linda Smith

Solicitor

Belinda Norcliffe, Medical Negligence Solicitor

Belinda Norcliffe

Solicitor

Lisa Mann, Medical Negligence Solicitor

Lisa Mann

Solicitor

Jim Gladman, Medical Negligence & Inquest Solicitor

Jim Gladman

Solicitor

Burhan Akhtar, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Huddersfield

Burhan Akhtar

Solicitor


Emma Frank

Trainee Solicitor

Heather Kolar, Medical Negligence Solicitor, Huddersfield

Heather Kolar

Solicitor

Sian Morris, Medical Negligence Lawyer, Huddersfield - Switalskis

Sian Morris

Chartered Legal Executive

Lisa Simpson, Medical Negligence Lawyer, Huddersfield - Switalskis

Lisa Simpson

Paralegal

Lesley Graves, Professional Support Lawyer

Lesley Graves

Solicitor & Professional Support Lawyer

How are Pressure Sore claims funded?

There are various options for funding claims. Many of our cases are funded using Conditional Fee Agreements, (also called a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement). In a Conditional Fee Agreement, you will only pay for our solicitors’ work if we win the case for you. In very limited cases we can offer advice for free thanks to Legal Aid funding. Our solicitors can review and discuss your funding options and help you decide the best route to take.

How can Switalskis help me?

We believe that it is important to understand what went wrong and why you developed pressure sores. At Switalskis we will provide you with the advice and guidance you need along the way, to give you peace of mind and just compensation. Nobody deserves to feel helpless at the hands of medical professionals.

Our team includes solicitors who are accredited as specialists by both The Law Society and the patients’ charity, Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). We are also recognised as being among the top Clinical Negligence teams in England by the Legal 500 UK, the foremost legal guide for clients.

Call us on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through the website to talk to a medical negligence solicitor about your circumstances.

What our clients say

"We really appreciate all your efforts and the positive outcome so far of your research and professionalism. You have picked up the baton at the eleventh hour when we were at our lowest point and abandoned by everyone else – thank you so much."

'GM' - Clinical Negligence Client

"I felt comfortable with Ruth and I trusted her. Ruth kept me up-to-date with every detail. I would strongly recommend Switalskis, and Ruth in particular."

'PL' - Clinical Negligence Client

"I would like to thank Jim Gladman and the Switalskis’ team for everything they did for me. A job well done."

'NM' - Medical Negligence Client

"Stephanie Kennedy was brilliant from start to finish."

Clinical Negligence Client

"I was extremely satisfied with how [Claire Garrity] dealt with my case. It was difficult for me and Claire guided me through with consummate skill."

'SH' - Clinical Negligence Client

"This was the first time I’ve had to use a Solicitor, I found [Samantha Spain] very professional and helpful. The experience was much easier and more pleasant than I had feared."

'TM' - Clinical Negligence Client