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Pressure and Bed Sores Compensation Claims

If you or a loved one is admitted to hospital or placed in a care home, you should always expect the highest level of care and treatment.

Thankfully, you will normally receive just that. However, if negligence does occur, pressure sores and bed sores may develop. This can happen if a patient is in the same position for a long period of time, for example someone bedridden or confined to a wheelchair.

All patients should be assessed on admission under the Waterlow System, with a higher score highlighting those with a greater risk of developing pressure sores. For example, elderly patients.

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In June 2018, to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we launched ‘Give Me Dignity’, aimed at raising awareness of the continuing examples of poor and neglectful care, and urging families to speak out for their loved ones. Through the LOVE campaign, it’s our mission to provide relatives of vulnerable people with advice and guidance on all aspects of care — be it tips on choosing the best care home or help with spotting the signs of neglect and abuse.

  • Highlight cases in which appalling and avoidable healthcare failings are made which deny the elderly their dignity, at times when they are at their most vulnerable
  • Encourage and advise families to question and, if needed, challenge the care their loved ones receive in hospitals and care homes.
  • Provide advice and guidance for relatives on how best to look out for their loved ones when taken into hospital or care home environments.
  • Continue to support families by righting wrongs and challenging poor care, neglect and abuse through our legal expertise.
  • We handle all cases with sympathy and sensitivity, putting the best interests of the individual at the forefront of our advice at all times.

 

 

 

We subscribe as members to AvMA who are an organisation that offer free advice and information to those affected by medical accidents and malpractice, helping to support victims and families in cases of serious clinical negligence. Working closely with the NHS, the government and private health trusts, the AvMA endeavours to improve patient safety across the healthcare sector.

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Making a Pressure and Bed Sore Claim

95% of both pressure sores and bed sores are easily preventable through appropriate mobility checks. If you or a member of your family has suffered from either condition whilst under the care of the NHS, private healthcare or care home staff, we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

The signs and symptoms of pressure sores and bed sores are:

  • reddened areas of skin which feel tender to touch
  • areas affected often include heels, ankles, the spine, buttocks or shoulders
  • if pressure continues to be applied, sores become more painful and may turn purple
  • if sores are left untreated, they could develop into a more serious infection

All claims have a time limit, so don’t delay. We’ll take the worry and hassle out of making a claim.

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How much will my claim cost?

All pressure and bed sore cases taken on by Hudgell Solicitors are handled on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money up front and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful.

If your case is successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved. The costs paid are usually a percentage of the compensation awarded and will be agreed before your case is carried out.

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"Family back campaign for CCTV in care homes as they release shocking pictures of pressure sores."

Lauren Dale, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence

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