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Has hospitalisation caused you or a relative to develop pressure sores?

Pressure sores, also known as bedsores, are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, caused by prolonged pressure to the affected area.

What signs should I look out for?

Symptoms of pressure sores include:

  • Part of the skin becoming discoloured – people with pale skin tend to get red patches, while people with dark skin tend to get purple or blue patches
  • Discoloured patches not turning white when pressed
  • A patch of skin that feels warm, spongy or hard
  • Pain or itchiness in the affected area

More serious symptoms include:

  • An open wound or blister – a category two pressure ulcer
  • A deep wound that reaches the deeper layers of the skin
  • A very deep wound that may reach the muscle and bone

Pressure sores can develop quickly in patients who are bed-bound for an extended time period but they are almost always preventable. There are steps that hospitals can and should take, in order to
prevent pressure sores from developing.

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Where there has been a suspicion that you or a loved one have suffered unnecessarily due to the development of a pressure sore, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Our team of
experienced and sympathetic clinical negligence claim solicitors can help support and guide you and
your family through the investigation process.

To establish whether a negligence claim is possible, please contact us by clicking here.

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