Pressure sores

Top tier law firm for medical negligence cases

Independently accredited by the Law Society, APIL and AvMA

Dedicated team of specialist solicitors

Over 100 years of combined medical negligence experience

Experienced in obtaining compensation where substandard treatment causes or exacerbates pressure sores

Recognised as leaders in our field

Experienced pressure sore solicitors

‘An approachable and experienced lawyer to investigate the treatment you received and to obtain answers on your behalf’

Pressure sores, known as pressure ulcers, bed sores or decubitus ulcers, arise as a result of pressure or friction. They typically arise from a period of immobility, for example following surgery or illness.

Pressure ulcers generally affect people with existing health conditions that make it difficult to move, such as those confined to lying in a bed or sitting for prolonged periods of time. Conditions that affect the flow of blood through the body, such as Type II diabetes can also make a person more vulnerable to pressure ulcers. The elderly are particularly vulnerable.

If not managed appropriately pressure sores can deteriorate rapidly and can lead to infection in the skin or bone and other serious complications such as gangrene or blood poisoning. Pressure sores can ultimately prove to be fatal.

The good news is that pressure sores can often be prevented or controlled through good nursing care, for example by regularly changing a person’s position to change the pressure applied to any particular body part. Special equipment, such as mattresses and cushions, can also be used to protect vulnerable parts of the body.

A team of experts to act in your best interests in a pressure sore claim

Our specialist team will fight on your behalf to investigate what went wrong and to seek redress for your injuries.

We understand what a difficult time this is for you; we will advance your pressure sore claim with efficiency and sensitivity.

Knowledgeable specialists

We are experienced in representing patients who have suffered as a result of substandard treatment in relation to preventing or treating pressure sores. We can guide you through the process of bringing a claim for compensation, whilst ensuring that you get the answers you need.

Getting you back on track

If substandard treatment is identified then a financial award can put you back on track, for example by compensating you for your pain and suffering, to reimburse any loss of earnings you have suffered, or to pay for any additional treatment you require as a result of substandard treatment.

Our credentials

“A premier Somerset firm with experience of a broad range of high-value matters, including catastrophic birth injury claims. Routinely engaged on cerebral palsy cases and spinal injury claims, and offers expertise in weight loss surgery and dental negligence matters. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “Withy King were caring and understood us. They listened to our concerns and needs, and helped in whichever way they could.” “They are incredibly organised, easy to approach and they have a very supportive team who are incredibly sympathetic.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Simon Elliman (Band 1) oversees an array of complex claims, including cerebral palsy and spinal injury matters. In addition he acts on dental negligence cases. Sources say: “He is very able and he inspires confidence through calmness.” Market observers consider Paul Rumley (Band 1) “a very approachable lawyer with vast experience on high-value and complex cases.” He handles a range of matters including birth injury claims, fatal accidents and delay in diagnosis of cancer claims.” Chambers 2017 Somerset

“Highly commended firm with an excellent reputation across a broad spectrum of clinical negligence matters. Routinely acts on catastrophic cases including brain and spinal injury claims. Also noted for its handling of matters arising from amputation, delayed diagnosis and weight loss surgery. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They’ve been amazing. They spoke to me on a level I understood. They are very understanding and compassionate and they advised me well the whole way through.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Richard Coleman (Band 1) offers vast experience of complex claims involving cerebral palsy, spinal injury and bariatric surgery, among other matters. “He is very good at negotiating settlements in difficult cases” and “doesn’t lose sight of the human aspect of it all,” assert sources.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and surrounds

“Royds Withy King is a ‘leading firm’ for catastrophic birth injury cases. Key figures include practice head Simon Elliman, who handles dental negligence, cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims; ‘first-rate solicitor’ Paul Rumley; and Kerstin Kubiak, who stands out for her ‘exceptional analysis’.” Legal 500 2016 South West 

“The ‘knowledgeable, dependable and competent’ team at Royds Withy King is led by ‘astute strategist’ Richard Coleman and includes Tracy Norris-Evans, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and committed to her clients’.” Legal 500 2016 South East

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There are a number of ways to fund a claim for compensation, many of which come at no cost to our clients.


You may already be covered for legal representation under an existing legal expenses insurance policy, or we can set up a Conditional Fee Agreement (often known as ‘no win, no fee’).


Public funding is available in limited circumstances and we will discuss this with you if this is a potential way of funding your claim.


Our experts will advise you on the best option for your particular case, to enable you to make an informed decision.

Whilst the sum compensation varies between cases, we will always strive to recover the maximum compensation for you.


Your experienced solicitor will work closely with you to identify the injuries and financial losses that have been suffered as a result of substandard care and will strive to recover the maximum award of compensation.

Contact us to speak with one of our experts to find out how we can help.