Pressure Sore Claims
Pressure Sores are wounds that are caused when you lie or sit in one position too long and the weight of your body against the surface of the bed or chair cuts off blood supply. You might get them if youâ€™re on bed rest or in a wheelchair. They are often referred to as bedsores or pressure ulcers.
They develop when constant pressure or friction on one area of the body damages the skin. Constant pressure on an area of skin stops blood flowing normally, so the cells die and the skin breaks down.Â
Many patients, particularly those who are very young or very old, are frail, undernourished and dehydrated, those who are unconscious and patients who have an illness or disability that restricts their movement, are vulnerable to developing pressure ulcers.
If found early, there’s a good chance these sores will heal in a few days, with little fuss or pain. Without treatment, they can get worse.