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Pressure sores are also known as bed sores or pressure ulcers. They usually affect people who are bed bound or sit in one position for a long period of time. These sores affect parts of the body which are put under pressure and are commonly seen on bony body areas such as elbows, hips, heels and base of the spine.
Bed sore compensation claims are often made as part of a care home negligence claim. Due to the age and sometimes medical conditions of the residents of these homes, the chances of developing this type of injury are increased as they are likely to be more sedentary. However, it is not uncommon for patients in hospital to develop bed sores, particularly if they are recovering from surgery. In addition, people suffering paralysis, obesity, or medical conditions affecting the supply of blood can also be at greater risk.
Later on, the affected area can develop into an open wound or a blister, which is referred to as a category two pressure ulcer. When the wound reaches the deeper layers of skin it is classified as a category three pressure ulcer. Finally, a category four pressure ulcer is one that has reached the muscle and bone.
If you think you or your relative have experienced a pressure ulcer during a stay in a care home or hospital, you can contact us for free initial advice on making a care home claim.