Care homes and pressure sore claims

Blackwater Law, specialist medical negligence solicitors, take a look at some of the reasons pressure sore claims are made.

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.

Symptoms of a pressure sore

  • Discoloured skin – red patches tend to occur on pale skin with purple or blue patches on darker skin
  • Itchiness or pain in the affected area
  • When pressed, discoloured patches not turned white
  • The affected area feeling warm, spongy or hard

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.

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