My question is “why?”

According to the findings of a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA), elderly African Americans face a greater risk of suffering bedsores or pressure ulcers as a result of nursing home neglect.

The researchers, from the University of Iowa, found that from 2003 to 2008 African Americans were at a significantly increased risk of suffering from pressure sores or decubitus ulcers as compared to white residents. For example, in 2003, the pressure ulcer rate was 16.8% for black nursing home residents compared with 11.4% for white residents; in 2008, the rate was 14.6% compared with 9.6%.

In my opinion no resident (black,white, or brown) should have pressure sores. But my question remains, why do African Americans suffer more pressure sores and ulcers?

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at