Frequently Asked Questions
We frequently get asked the same or similar questions so we thought it would be useful to set these out. The list is not exhaustive and each case is unique.
Please feel free to contact us for confidential advice, we are always happy to help.
Why did I get a pressure sore?
Anyone can develop a pressure sore. It is widely known that people with mobility issues are at a higher risk; such as elderly people and those with spinal injuries.
There are a range of conditions that also increase the risk of someone developing a pressure sore.
It is important that a person does not lay or sit in a position for too long. This is the primary reason a pressure sore why people develop a pressure sore.
Why did my pressure sore get worse?
If someone has a pressure sore it is hoped that medical staff will treat correctly and the condition improves. However treatment is not always appropriate and as a result the pressure sore can sometimes get worse
My relative had a pressure sore and died as a result, can I make a claim?
It may be possible that you can make a claim on behalf of your relative if they have passed away as a result of negligent care.
Who has the right to bring such a claim is different in each case.
Please call to discuss in complete confidence.
Will it cost me anything?
Initial advice is always free. If we think you have a valid claim there are a number of ways in which your claim can be funded. The most appropriate funding option for you will be discussed fully before your proceed to make a claim.
Will I need to be seen by a medical person?
You may be expected to be examined by a medical expert but this will not happen in the early stages of your claim.
Will my treatment be affected if I make a claim?
Your treatment should not be affected at all, however should you become concerned we can help.
How long will my case take?
This is difficult to estimate and will be depends on a case by case basis. It is important that all aspects of your claim are thoroughly investigated in order to ensure you receive the right level of compensation for your injuries.
Why should I instruct you?
We have a wealth of experience in pressure sore claims. We are a well respected law firm and accredited by the Law Society for Clinical Negligence.
Lorraine Taylor who heads our pressure sore team is also a trustee of the Charity Pressure Ulcers UK which aims to reduce the number of avoidable pressure ulcers and support sufferers and their families.
Why can I make a compensation claim for a pressure sore injury?
1) Care givers such as hospitals, nursing and care homes and community nursing teams have a duty of care to ensure that all under their care are safe and provided with the appropriate level of treatment.
2) Patients, especially those who are at risk of developing pressure sores should be risk assessed and an appropriate nursing plan put into place
3) The majority of pressure sores are classed as 'avoidable', and therefore when one does occur it is often because the treatment provided has been negligent.
4) If someone has received negligent treatment and this has resulted in an injury the law provides for them to seek damages to compensate for the injury and any financial losses they have occurred as a result.
If you have developed a pressure sore speak to us.
You may be able to make a medical negligence claim but delay as time limits apply.