Bed or Plaster Sores

When hospitals and medical facilities fail to care for patients and a pressure sore develops, the individual or their family may be entitled to recover damages for clinical negligence. Pressure sores as a result of medical negligence are common. They are quick to develop, but can take a long time to heal. If left untreated, they can be debilitating, painful and in extreme circumstances, fatal. They develop as a result of unrelieved pressure and distortion of the skin and underlying tissue. With proper nursing care, they can be prevented.

Pressure sores can develop in patients who are immobilised for a lengthy period of time. General bed sores can occur when skin care is ignored. Bed sores affect patients in large numbers.

The types of bed sore cases involve examples such as the following:-

  • Bed sores in hospitals;
  • Bed sores on the back;
  • Bed sores on the heel;
  • Bed sores in nursing homes;
  • Decubitus ulcers;
  • Dressings for wounds;
  • Gangrene;
  • Healing bed sores.

When a person does develop a bed sore, they may be entitled to pursue a claim against the medical facility. The claim will involve damages for medical expenses, disability and pain.