Assessing Pressure Ulcers*

Here at Gregory Abrams Davidson Solicitors we have a specialist team dealing with pressure sores also commonly referred to as pressure ulcers and bed sores.

A pressure sore is damage that occurs on the skin and underlying tissue.

Pressure sores are a graded injury:-

  • Grade 1; Discoloration of the skin, oedema induration or hardness may be used as indicators, particularly on individuals with darker skin; in whom it may appear blue or purple.
  • Grade 2; partial thickness skin loss involving epidermis, dermis or both. The ulcer is superficial and presents clinically as an abrasion or blister.  Surrounding skin may be red or purple.
  • Grade 3; full thickness skin loss involving damage to or necrosis of  tissue that may extend down to, but not through the tissue surrounding the muscle.
  • Grade 4; extensive destruction, tissue necrosis, or damage to muscle, bone or supporting structures with or without full thickness skin loss.  Extremely difficult to heal and predispose to fatal infection.

If you or a family member have suffered a pressure sore it is our opinion that the cause should be investigated to assess whether reasonable measures were taken to inhibit the development of what is an increasingly common but generally preventable injury.


If you or a family member / friend have suffered a pressure sore whilst under the care of a health professional, whether that be in a hospital or a care home you or they may be entitled to compensation. Here at Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP we have a specialist team dealing with pressure sore cases. To discuss a Bed Sore Claim or any other Personal Injury or Medical Negligence claim, please contact us for a FREE initial consultation on                         0151 236 5000 or 020 8209 0166 and ask to speak to Richard Malloy or Amy Bennett. Alternatively, you can email us at or fill out our online contact form and we will contact you directly.

*Nice Guideline 29 – issued September 2005