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Bed sores, decubitus ulcers, are a medical malady that we saw with greater frequency many years ago in nursing home cases. I’m not a doctor, I’ve listened to lots of doctors and nurses testify about the origin of bed sores. They are generally caused by friction or pressure on a part of the body, and they are often indicative of the fact that the nursing home is not turning people, not allowing people to ambulate. Those people’s skins are thin, they’re lying in bed and if a nursing home staff is not turning a resident pursuant to the doctor’s schedule or protocol, these pressure ulcers develop.

They are intrusions into the skin. They start out as really small tiny craters. In my experience I have seen them the size of frisbees, infected, just disgusting, painful, require surgical intervention, and sometimes even cause death. The origin of a given bed sore or a decubitus ulcer is often a matter of conflict amongst medical professionals. Some do occur without there being any negligence. Sometimes there are bad outcomes without there being negligence or abuse, but in most instances in my experience the development of decubitus ulcers or bed sores, or the progression of decubitus ulcers and bed sores that aren’t properly cared for, that indicates some nursing home negligence.