Relying on someone else for your care can be stressful, particularly if they aren’t vigilant in spotting the signs of potential issues such as pressure sores. Pressure sores vary from uncomfortable to debilitating, but almost always worsen without proper treatment and care.

We chatted with Medical Negligence Solicitor at Jackson Lees, Chris Achilles, to find out where you stand if you’re experiencing pressure sores at the hands of improper care.

Wirral Globe: Medical Negligence Solicitor at Jackson Lees, Chris AchillesMedical Negligence Solicitor at Jackson Lees, Chris Achilles

Pressure sores (sometimes known as pressure ulcers or bedsores) are injuries to the skin and tissue, usually caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. They usually develop on pressure points such as heels, backs and bums.

They can happen to anyone, but usually affect people confined to bed or who sit in a chair or wheelchair for long periods of time, and often, they are completely avoidable. People at particular risk of developing pressure sores include:

  • Those who suffer from paralysis causing an inability to move some or all of their body
  • People who are confined to bed with illness, trauma or post-surgery
  • Elderly people
  • People suffering with urinary or bowel incontinence
  • People suffering from medical conditions that affect their blood flow and makes the skin more fragile (diabetes and heart failure, for example)

The development of pressure sores can often be caused by poor quality of patient care in hospitals, care and nursing homes. Unfortunately, the leading cause of pressure sores in nursing homes is inadequate care. Often there can be failures to assess the risk of developing pressure sores and/or implementing steps to avoid the development of the sores. Pressure sores are painful and debilitating and have a profound impact on a person’s wellbeing. Prevention of pressure sores is always better than treatment. Daily skincare, a healthy diet, adequate hydration and regular changes of position are essential.

If left untreated, pressure sores are likely to worsen. With less severe sores, treatment involves relieving the force on the affected area, cleaning the wound regularly and applying suitable dressings, with regular reviews. For more severe sores, the removal of dead tissue may become necessary. In the worst cases, complications can occur, including sepsis, cellulitis, infections and skin cancer. Necrosis, or the death of tissue due to the failure of its blood supply, can even become life-threatening.

Jackson Lees are a nationally recognised firm with a dedicated and experienced team of medical negligence lawyers, eager to help and fight for victims of medical negligence. If you or a member of your family have experienced pressure sores or are suffering at the moment, possibly due to negligent care or inadequate treatment, our specialist medical negligence team would be happy to discuss the circumstances surrounding your care.

If you or a loved one has been affected by substandard medical treatment, you may be able to claim medical negligence compensation to help you move on from this mistake and put your life back together.

For a free consultation with one of our legal team call us on 0808 159 8144 or email enquiry@jacksonlees.co.uk or visit our website www.jacksonlees.co.uk.