With adequate assessment and nursing, patients should not develop pressure sores – commonly known as bed sores – while in hospital or a care facility.
Yet latest figures reveal that as many as one in 20 patients admitted to hospital will develop a pressure injury.
The open wounds caused by bedsores can lead to the contraction of other illnesses by infection and in some cases this can be fatal. Often the wounds caused by pressure injuries become so deep that infections spreads to the bone.
At Browell Smith & Co we have helped secure compensation for many people who have, through no fault of their own, suffered pressure sores.
It is estimated that over 95% of pressure sores should have been prevented, which is why if you or a loved one has developed a pressure sore while being cared for in hospital, at home or in a residential care home it is important that you take legal advice.
It is estimated that over 10,000 patients develop pressure sores every year which could have been prevented.
In many cases we can recover compensation, not only in respect of the pressure sore itself but also to fund the cost of additional nursing care to help recovery. At Browell Smith & Co, you can be assured we have your best interests at heart.
As with all claims for personal injury compensation there are time limits within which a claim must be lodged with the Court.
For accident claims, court proceedings must be started within three years from the date of your accident.
For occupational disease cases Court proceedings must be started within three years from the date when you first had reasonable grounds to believe that you may be suffering from a condition which has been caused by a third party. This may be your employer or it could be another organisation with whom you worked or who operated a premises close by.
In the event that court proceedings are not started within three years from the relevant date, the negligent party may be able to escape paying compensation on the basis that your claim is out of time.
The law surrounding the time limits for industrial disease compensation is extremely complex and issues will differ from case to case, particularly when seeking compensation on behalf of a former family member. It is not always necessary to have a firm diagnosis from a medical practitioner for the time limit to commence. In these circumstances you seek legal advice from a specialist as soon as you experience symptoms which you believe may have been caused by a third party.
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