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Recent Pressure Sore Claims

The Clinical Negligence Team have recovered very substantial sums of compensation for clients in a number of medical negligence claims. Here are a selection of our most recent successful cases:

£20,000 awarded for failing to provide a pressure sore care plan

Joachim Stanley recovered compensation for a female client who suffered from type 1 diabetes and peripheral neuropathy. When she was admitted to hospital for an operation, there was a failure to assess her accurately as a patient who was at high risk of developing pressure sores, as the risk is increased when a patient has diabetes.

The hospital also failed to provide a proper care plan for the prevention of pressure sores during her admission. Our client was sent home after her operation with a significant pressure sore, which became infected and she then had to be re-admitted to hospital some months later with osteomyelitis, the infection having spread to her bones.

£25,000 awarded for negligent nursing care

Naomi Todd, Associate in the Clinical Negligence Team, acted for Mr H in relation to his medical negligence claim for a pressure sore to his sacrum due to negligent nursing care.

Mr H was admitted to hospital for thoracic surgery. Following the operation there was a failure by the nursing staff to assess his risk of developing pressure sores and they also failed to regularly relieve his pressure areas to reduce the risk of pressure area damage, and failed to give him a special pressure relieving mattress.

As a result of the hospital’s failings Mr H developed a painful pressure sore on his sacrum. This prolonged his recovery time from the original operation and he was unable to mobilise and participate in physiotherapy due to the sores. Mr H suffered prolonged pain and suffering while the sore healed and he also suffered depression and attended counselling.

Mr H received compensation of £25,000 for his pain and suffering and the care he required from his wife.

£96,950 awarded for improper ward care

The Clinical Negligence Team recovered £96,950 for a man who was suffering from multiple sclerosis. Unfortunately the Claimant had to be admitted to an Acute Assessment Ward suffering from pneumonia. He became very ill while on the ward and was not properly washed and no adequate steps were taken to mobilise him.

By the time he was discharged he developed a pressure sore on his left buttock the size of a fist. This sore required 18 months of intensive treatment before the effects resolved. This wound contributed to his rapid deterioration and he lost a lot of weight. He also suffered from a lot of general infections.

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