PRESSURE SORES AND BEDSORE CLAIMS IN WIGAN

BEDSORE CLAIMS TREATMENT AND CLAIMING DAMAGES

Treating pressure ulcers and Claiming for continuing pain discomfort and treatment.

Treatment for pressure ulcers can vary, depending on the grade of the ulcer. Treatment options may include regularly changing your position, or using special mattresses and dressings to relieve pressure or protect the skin.

Changing position

Please note that it is important to avoid putting pressure on areas that are vulnerable to pressure ulcers or where pressure ulcers have already formed. Moving and regularly changing your position helps to prevent pressure ulcers developing and relieves the pressure on the ulcers that have developed. Did your carers or nurses in hospital change your position on a regular basis when you were in hospital?IF NOT WHY NOT?

If not then you may be entitled to compensation if you developed a bedsore as a result.

A risk assessment should have been completed during your stay in hospital to assess the likelihood of you developing bedsores.

The risk assessment should have considered the most effective way of avoiding putting any vulnerable areas of skin under pressure whenever possible.

When in hospital, care home, or in a residential care setting all of the above should have been considered. A failure to consider all these issues could lead to a viable claim for Damages and you should speak to Mark at Fairclough’s Clinical Negligence specialists on 01942-665700 for free advice.

There are a range of special mattresses and cushions that can relieve pressure on vulnerable parts of the body. Where they used by the hospital when you were an in patient? If not why not?

Those thought to be at risk of developing pressure ulcers, usually benefit from a specially designed foam mattress, which relieves the pressure on their body.

In the event of you contracting pressure ulcers your nurse or carers can help relieve the symptoms as follows:

Dressings

Specially designed dressings and bandages can be used to protect pressure ulcers and speed up the healing process.

Creams and ointments

Topical preparations, such as creams and ointments, can be used to help speed up the healing process and prevent further tissue damage.

Nutrition

Certain dietary supplements, such as protein, zinc and vitamin C, have been shown to accelerate wound healing. Speak to your doctor before you do anything after a pressure sore develops.

If your diet lacks these vitamins and minerals, your skin may be more vulnerable to developing pressure ulcers. As a result of this, you may be referred to a dietitian so that a suitable dietary plan can be drawn up for you.

We are not medically qualified and the above are just simple measures which may or not be suitable to you, and you should seek your own individual advice from your GP/Doctor or nurse.

We can arrange for you to be assessed by a specialist nurse who will provide appropriate medical advice to you in the event of you persuing a claim .

Claiming Damages

Did you know that you can claim if your care was not up to a good standard and you have suffered a pressure ulcer/bedsore?

We can chat with you about the chances of winning a claim for compensation due to the pressure sores/bed sores. Pressure sores/bedsores are preventable. Do not suffer in silence and get legal advice by calling us on01942-665700 .We work for you on a no win no fee basis and have offices in Wigan Golborne and Earlestown to ensure you get face to face advice.

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