This is our guide on how much compensation for pressure sores you could potentially receive if you make a successful medical negligence claim. In order to claim for medical negligence, you must satisfy a set of eligibility criteria. We will discuss these further in our guide. Additionally, we will also discuss how compensation for medical negligence is calculated and what could be included in your payout.
Later, we will discuss how you could suffer a pressure sore and the effects they could have. Furthermore, we discuss the types of evidence that could be used to support your medical negligence claim.
Finally, this guide will list some of the benefits to making your claim with the support of a medical negligence solicitor from our panel on a No Win No Fee basis.
Contact us today if you have suffered from pressure sores and would like to know whether you may have a valid medical negligence claim. Our advisors can be reached by:
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- How Much Compensation For Pressure Sores?
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- Evidence That Could Help You Claim Compensation For Pressure Sores
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- Learn More About Claiming For Medical Negligence
You might be wondering, “How much compensation for pressure sores can you claim?”. Compensation for successful medical negligence claims is awarded on a case-by-case basis. This is because the various factors of each claim will affect the amount awarded. Therefore, it may be more beneficial to you to learn how compensation is calculated.
General damages is the head of claim that is awarded to all successful claimants. It compensates you for the unnecessary or avoidable harm you have suffered due to a medical professional, such as a doctor or nurse, breaching their duty of care.
Legal professionals may use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to value this head of your claim alongside medical evidence. This document provides guideline valuation brackets for various forms of harm at varying severity levels.
We have included some of the guidelines found in the 16th edition of the JCG in the table below. Please only refer to it as a guide.
|Guideline compensation brackets
|Amputation of arms
|Loss of both arms (a)
|£240,790 to £300,000
|Injured person with full awareness of their injury will be reduced to a state of considerable helplessness.
|Amputation of arms
|Loss of one arm (b) (iii)
|£96,160 to £109,650
|Amputation of one arm below the elbow.
|Amputation (a) (i)
|£240,790 to £282,010
|Where both legs are amputated.
|Amputation (a) (iii)
|£104,830 to £137,470
|Where one leg is amputated above the knee.
|Moderate (c) (i)
|£150,110 to £219,070
|Intellect and personality are severely affected and the ability to work again is removed.
|Moderate (c) (iii)
|£43,060 to £90,720
|Dependence on others is limited but the ability to work again is reduced.
|Serious and permanent (a)
|£169,400 to £210,400
|Both kidneys are seriously and permanently damaged or removed.
|£30,770 to £44,880
|Where one kidney is lost but the other has no damage.
Claiming Special Damages In Bed Sore Claims
Special damages is the other head of claim you may be awarded. This compensates for the past and future expenses incurred as a result of the medical negligence. Such expenses include:
- Loss of earnings.
- Medical costs.
- Domestic care costs.
You will need to provide proof of these financial losses. Examples could include payslips, bank statements and invoices.
To learn more about how much compensation for pressure sores you may be able to receive for a successful medical negligence claim, you can contact an advisor.
All medical professionals, including doctors and nurses, owe their patients a duty of care while treating them. Per this duty, they must deliver the correct standard of care to you. If a medical professional were to breach the duty of care they owe, this could cause you to suffer harm that could have been avoided. In these cases, medical negligence may have occurred.
If you wish to pursue a medical negligence claim for your pressure sores, you will need to prove:
- You were owed a duty of care.
- A medical professional breached their duty of care towards you.
- The breach caused you to suffer avoidable or unnecessary harm.
It is, however, important to note that not all pressure sores will have resulted from medical negligence. In this instance, you might not be able to pursue a medical negligence claim.
To assess the validity of your medical negligence claim or to discuss the question ‘How much compensation for pressure sores could be awarded?’, please contact a member of our advisory team.
According to the NHS, pressure sores (otherwise known as bed sores), tend to form on bony parts of the body, such as elbows, heels, and hips. They can result from pressure or rubbing on your skin. Whilst these can happen to anyone, there are certain groups who have a higher chance of getting a pressure sore, such as those who have poor mobility.
There are steps medical professionals can do to prevent pressure sores from occurring, such as repositioning you regularly and providing you with specialist equipment, such as a specially designed mattress or cushion. A failure to do so could result in you developing a bed sore.
If pressure sores are left untreated, they can lead to a variety of complications, such as:
- Bone and joint infections – Infections can lead to sepsis if they are not treated. This could then result in amputations.
- Blood poisoning – In more serious cases, this could cause damage to multiple organs and lead to septic shock.
- Cellulitis – An infection of the skin and connective tissues that can lead to swelling of the infected area.
If you have suffered from pressure sores due to a medical professional breaching the duty of care they owed you, and you would like to know whether you may have a valid claim, you can contact our advisory team.
Having sufficient evidence could help support your medical negligence claim for pressure sores. This evidence will need to demonstrate that a medical professional breached their duty of care, and this caused you to suffer harm that could have been avoided.
Some examples of the evidence that could help support a pressure sores claim include:
- Photographs of your pressure sores over time could show how they have worsened.
- A copy of your medical records detailing your condition and the treatment you have received.
- A diary detailing your symptoms.
- The contact information of anyone who has witnessed the treatment you have received. They could provide a statement later into the claiming process.
If you have any questions about the evidence you could collect or how much compensation for pressure sores you may be able to receive, you can contact our team of advisors.
Now that you have learnt more about how much compensation for pressure sores you may be eligible to receive if you make a successful medical negligence claim, you may wish to receive legal support for your case. One of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our panel may offer their services to you under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
When a solicitor offers you a CFA, this means that there are no upfront or ongoing fees to pay to them for their services. You also will not be expected to pay the solicitor working on your case for their work if your claim ends unsuccessfully.
If your claim is successful, your solicitor will take a percentage from your compensation, known as a success fee. The law caps the maximum that this percentage can be.
To discuss your specific case and to see if you could be eligible to work with a solicitor on our panel for your medical negligence claim, you can contact our team of advisors. They can be reached by:
Here are our other useful guides:
- Read about the time limits in medical negligence claims to see how long you have to begin a claim.
- Find out how long a medical negligence claim may take.
- Learn how to sue a doctor for negligence and when you may have an eligible medical negligence claim.
- NHS Inform – A guide looking at the complications of pressure sores.
- Royal College of Nursing (RCN) – Information about a nurse’s duty of care.
- Cancer Research UK – The causes and prevention of pressure sores.
Contact our advisors if you are still wondering how much compensation for pressure sores you could potentially receive.