Coroner Blames Hospital Acquired Bed Sores For Elderly Resident's Death

The family of hospital patient who died from gangrenous bed sores (also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus sores, and decubitus ulcers) has sued the hospital for neglect. Today a coroner rejected hospital claims that the man was bound to die after being admitted with a stroke, and that his death was from natural causes. Instead, the coroner said that the "inadequate" care cause the man to developed bed sores on his back, buttocks, scrotum and legs.

Since his death, the hospital says more nurses have been recruited, training improved, and ward sisters have been great responsibility. The patient had walked using crutches since suffering a spinal cord injury at age nine. In his 60's, his shoulder muscles had weakened and he had to use a wheelchair and was unable to support himself in bed or turn over. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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