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What Causes Bedsores?

Steven Schwartzapfel -Founding Partner Dec 8, 2015

For more than 35 years, Steven Schwartzapfel, the founding member of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., has been one of New York’s most prominent personal injury attorneys. Steve represents clients in all types of personal injury cases. His experience, skill, and dedication have enabled Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. to recover hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients.


Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, are injuries to the skin that are caused by constant pressure. There are a variety of situations that can lead to pressure sores, but they most often occur when someone lies in a particular position for too long. This excessive pressure eventually causes the skin to break down, creating an open sore.

Common Causes of Bedsores

Some common causes of bedsores can include:

  • Excessive pressure on the skin and tissue, especially near bony areas of the body.
  • Sliding down in a bed or chair frequently, causing the skin to fold over itself.
  • Being pulled across bed sheets – creating a friction-like burn.
  • Excessive moisture, such as from sweat.

What Increases a Person’s Chances for Developing Pressure Sores?

There are some things that can make a person more likely to develop pressure sores, including:

  • Immobility, which can develop due to injury, age, or illness.
  • Poor bladder control.
  • Poor nutrition, especially when the diet is low in protein and the individual cannot heal from sores easily.
  • Age – as you age, your skin naturally thins and is prone to breakage.
  • Smoking, which can dry the skin, reduce blood flow, and cause sores to take longer to heal.
  • Other health problems that decrease the body’s ability to heal, such as diabetes.

Do Bedsores Automatically Indicate Neglect?

If someone develops bedsores, you may wonder if you have a case for nursing home abuse or medical neglect. While it is true that most bedsores form from negligent actions, there are other times that they do not. It is best to consult with an attorney regarding your bedsore claim to see if negligence is present. Patients that have limited mobility and other health conditions can naturally develop bedsores even with frequent rotations. However, if the facility fails to treat those bedsores and allows them to progress into severe ulcers, or the patient develops an infection, they could be found negligent.

Speak with a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

If you or a loved one has developed painful bedsores, you need to speak with an attorney that specializes in nursing home and medical malpractice abuse cases. The attorneys at Schwartzapfel® Lawyers, P.C. can assess your case for free. Schedule your consultation appointment at 1-877-737-4806 or fill out an online contact form and someone will be in touch with you shortly.

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