This guide explains when you could be eligible to make a medical negligence claim for untreated bed sores in a hospital. It discusses the criteria that need to be met in order to have valid grounds to proceed with your case and the evidence you could gather to support your claim.
Additionally, we explore the duty of care medical professionals owe their patients, including those working in a hospital setting. You can also find examples of how bed sores being left untreated could impact you and the complications that could arise as a result.
Furthermore, we discuss medical negligence compensation payouts including how they are calculated and what they could include following a successful claim.
To conclude, you can find information on the advantages of working with a solicitor from our panel on a No Win No Fee basis.
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- Am I Eligible To Make A Medical Negligence Claim For Untreated Bed Sores?
- Harm That Could Be Caused By Untreated Bed Sores In A Hospital
- Proving Medical Negligence When Claiming For Untreated Bed Sores In A Hospital
- Calculating Compensation For Medical Negligence Claims
- Make A No Win No Fee Untreated Bed Sores Compensation Claim
- Further Resources For Clinical Negligence Claims
Medical professionals owe a duty of care to their patients. They must provide care that meets the correct standard. If the medical professional treating you failed to uphold their duty of care by leaving bed sores untreated, you may wonder whether you could make a medical negligence claim.
In order to begin a medical negligence claim for untreated bed sores, you must be able to show:
- A medical professional owed you a duty of care.
- They breached this duty of care.
- You experienced avoidable or unnecessary harm as a result.
If you have suffered avoidable harm because of a medical professional not adhering to their duty of care, please get in touch. An advisor can assess whether you are able to make a compensation claim.
According to the NHS, bed sores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, are areas of damage to the skin and tissue underneath.
Those who have difficulty moving or impaired mobility have a higher chance of getting them, this could include people who are bedridden and find it difficult to reposition their bodies and wheelchair users. Because of this risk, those in charge of a patient’s care are responsible for repositioning patients who are unable to do so themselves.
Bed sores can be painful and unpleasant for the patient. Untreated bed sores could, in some cases, lead to the following complications:
- Sepsis Or Blood Poisoning: If the pressure sore becomes infected, there is a risk this could spread to their blood or other organs. This could lead to multiple organs being damaged.
- Bone Or Joint Infection: Bedsores, if left untreated, can cause bone infections. This is called osteomyelitis which can damage cartilage, tissue and bone. In the most severe cases, surgical amputation may be needed.
- Cellulitis: Infection could spread from the site of the pressure ulcer to a deeper layer of the skin, this is called cellulitis which can cause swelling and extreme pain.
- Gangrene: Gangrene is a rare infection that can cause severe pain and rapid swelling. In severe cases, surgical amputation of the affected body part may be necessary.
If you are eligible to begin a medical negligence claim, you could seek compensation for the avoidable harm you have experienced as a result of a medical professional providing the incorrect standard of care.
Contact an advisor to discuss whether you are able to make a medical negligence claim for untreated bed sores.
Evidence can help prove that a medical professional provided substandard care and this led to you experiencing avoidable harm. It can also provide an insight into how the untreated bed sores affected your life. Here is some evidence you could gather:
- Photographs of your bed sores.
- A diary of your symptoms and treatment.
- Copies of your medical records. For example, a copy of a scan that may show any internal damage. Also, copies of any prescriptions you have had as treatment for the bed sores.
If you have an eligible clinical negligence claim for untreated bed sores and wish to hire a solicitor, get in touch with our team. They can assess your case for free and could connect you with a solicitor from our panel who has experience handling medical negligence claims. A solicitor could then assist you in gathering evidence to build your case.
You may be wondering ‘How much money can you get for medical negligence?’. If your pressure sore compensation claim is successful, you could receive the following:
- General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering of the medical negligence.
- Special damages award compensation to reimburse you for any monetary expenses incurred due to the medical negligence. This could include, for example, mobility equipment expenses, care expenses and loss of earnings. Evidence, such as receipts, invoices and payslips could help prove these losses.
When valuing general damages, solicitors can refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) and any medical evidence provided in support of your case to help them.
The JCG provides a list of guideline compensation brackets that correspond to several types of harm. You can find some of these figures in the table below. They are a guide only though because cases are valued on an individual basis.
Guideline Compensation Table
|Guideline Compensation Bracket
|Amputation of arms
|Loss of both arms (a)
|£240,790 to £300,000
|Injury reduces the person who has full awareness to a state of considerable helplessness.
|Loss of one arm (b) (iii)
|£96,160 to £109,650
|Amputation (a) (i)
|£240,790 to £282,010
|Loss of both legs.
|Amputation (a) (iii)
|£104,830 to £137,470
|Amputation of one leg that’s above the knee.
|Moderately severe (b)
|£219,070 to £282,010
|A very serious, physical or cognitive, disability.
|Moderate (c) (i)
|£150,110 to £219,070
|An impact on concentration and memory with the ability to work being reduced and a small risk of epilepsy being present.
|Serious and permanent (a)
|£169,400 to £210,400
|Where both kidneys are removed or seriously and permanently damaged.
|£30,770 to £44,880
|Loss of one kidney with the other remaining undamaged.
For more information on how compensation could be calculated for a medical negligence claim for untreated bed sores, call our team on the number above.
If you are eligible to pursue medical negligence compensation for untreated bed sores and you wish to seek legal representation, we could help. Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors can offer a contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement.
This typically means there are no upfront or ongoing fees to pay for your solicitor’s services. It also means that you will pay a success fee to your solicitor if your case succeeds. This fee is taken as a percentage which has a legal cap. However, if your case loses you will not have to pay a success fee.
For further guidance on when you could claim for untreated bed sores that have resulted from a medical professional failing to uphold their duty of care, contact an advisor. If you have valid grounds to proceed, you could be connected with a medical negligence solicitor from our panel who could start working your case under No Win No Fee terms.
To get in touch, you can:
For more of our guides:
- A guide discussing sepsis claims and how a medical negligence solicitor could help you seek compensation.
- Learn about the time limit for medical negligence claims and the exceptions that could apply.
- Discover when you could claim after being prescribed the wrong medication and the impact this could have.
For more external resources:
- A guide to the causes and prevention of pressure sores, from Cancer Research UK.
- Information on raising a concern about your doctor from the General Medical Council.
- Guidance on the NHS Constitution for England from GOV.UK.
Thank you for taking the time to read our guide to making a medical negligence compensation claim for untreated bed sores in hospital.