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Are bedsores considered nursing home abuse?

On a recent visit to my aunt's nursing home the nurse talked to me about a bedsore on my aunt's back. The nurse said it was common and that they were taking steps to deal with the sore and make sure (as best they could) that she did not get others. I've never had any issues with this nursing home and I've been happy with my aunt's care. But is that considered negligence or malpractice that they allowed the sore to develop in the first place?

 
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Editor's Response

Bedsores, or pressure sores, and the more problematic decubitus ulcers, can be an indication of nursing home neglect.  Nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse (such as assault, excessive force, verbal abuse, improper medications, etc.) can be a form of medical malpractice or an actionable personal injury.  

I think if you do a little research on the Internet, you will find that many sources, including attorneys that do this type of work, believe that bedsores are almost always preventable, with proper care.  At a minimum, I would talk to the medical director of the home and get his or her explanation about how the sore developed and what they are doing to make sure the sore is treated properly and that additional sores do not develop.  If you are not satisfied with the answers you get, or if the sores (or any other indication of neglect) recur, I would contact a Massachusetts Medical Malpractice attorney who focuses on nursing home abuse.  Good luck. 

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