If you have ever suffered from a pressure ulcer you will know first-hand just how painful they are. Some people think they are akin to blisters but in fact they are much worse. While mild ones can be easily treated in the early stages, more advanced ones can be harder to treat. They are also more painful and can easily become infected.
Assessing the risk of getting bed sores (pressure ulcers)
In many instances bed sores are caused when a patient has to stay in bed for a prolonged period of time. However they can also occur if a patient is confined to a wheelchair. In each case the problem arises because one or more parts of the body are constantly up against one surface, hence why they are sometimes called pressure ulcers.
It is the pressure of the body part pressed against a surface continually that causes a problem. In these situations care givers must be able to assess the situation and to ascertain which parts of the body would be most at risk of getting bed sores (pressure ulcers).
What happens if the risk is not properly assessed?
If the risks are properly recognised there should be methods and procedures in place to prevent them. This is why ill patients are turned in bed to prevent sores from being created in the first place.
There are cases where the proper measures are not taken. In these situations the patient may develop pressure sores when there was no need for the situation to happen in the first place. Some people have already been unfortunate enough to suffer from these sores as a direct result of the negligence of a care giver in not assessing their situation adequately. This is when the issue of compensation arises.
Our lawyers are here to provide expert advice on bringing a claim
If you have developed bed sores in the last three years as a result of the potential negligence of one or more people involved in your care, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline. We have an experienced team of professional injury lawyers who are capable of assessing your chances of claiming compensation for your injuries.
You should never think bed sores are too trivial to make a claim for. Contact us now on our 24/7 helpline and ensure you have the best chance of getting the compensation your case requires.
Date Published: May 13, 2014
Author: David Brown