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Infected Pressure Sores

If a pressure sore becomes infected due to negligent medical care, there could be grounds for a medical negligence claim. Contact a solicitor for more information.

Pressure sore claims

Pressure sores are not supposed to happen in a hospital environment. This is because measures should be implemented to prevent the tissue from eroding. For example, at risk patients should be put on pressure relieving mattresses, and those with reduced mobility should be turned regularly by nurses.

Therefore if a patient does develop a pressure sore in a healthcare environment, questions must be raised as to the standard of care provided. If a pressure sore has developed because of neglect, there may be grounds for a medical negligence claim.

Infected pressure sore claims

However, there are times when it is difficult to prevent a pressure sore. This might happen in patients who are immobile and have very thin skin.

In such cases, it is essential that the pressure sore is detected as soon as possible. For this to be achieved, it is up to nursing staff to check the pressure areas on a regular basis. This is the only way to ensure a pressure sore is diagnosed in the early stages.

Unfortunately, however, nursing staff do not always check a patient's pressure area. This means a pressure sore develops and remains undetected. Consequently the pressure sore will grow in size, leaving a large open wound that is highly susceptible to infection.

If bacteria do get into the wound, the pressure sore is said to be infected. This will cause further damage to the surrounding tissue, and will also make the patient very unwell. If the infection gets into the bloodstream, it could potentially be fatal.

Claiming for infected pressure sores

If you or your loved one has suffered an infected pressure sore, you need to speak to a solicitor about your options. If it is found that medical neglect is to blame, there will be grounds for a compensation claim.

Although pursuing a medical negligence claim will not undo the harm that you have endured, it will at least provide some form of justice. It will also help you to recover the money you have lost because of the negligence.

To find out what action to take next, contact a solicitor who specialises in medical negligence. After being asked about the care provided, you will be advised as to whether or not there is a case to be answered.

For more information on claiming compensation for infected pressure sores, please get in touch with us today.

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