Nursing home residents often have less independence and cannot care for themselves. Therefore, nursing home staff should provide high-quality care to residents based on each person’s unique needs.
But sometimes, the staff neglects its residents’ needs, including the need for adequate nutrition. An Annapolis nursing home nutritional neglect attorney from Brown & Barron is ready to help you with your case.
What Is Nutritional Neglect?
Nursing home abuse occurs when someone inflicts harm on someone else. However, neglect has to do with caregivers failing to meet the needs of those in their care. For example, in the nursing home setting, staff members might fail to provide residents with what they need, such as adequate bathing, bathroom assistance, grooming, or clean clothes.
Nutritional neglect also occurs when nursing home residents don’t get the food, water, or supplements they need for adequate health. When residents experience malnutrition or dehydration due to a lack of proper nutritional care, it can harm their well-being and cause grave injuries or health problems.
You might not notice the signs of nutritional neglect right away because they can take time to become obvious. Signs of nutritional neglect include:
- Your loved one frequently experiencing hunger or thirst
- Mouth sores
- Dry skin
- Vision issues
- Weight loss
- Declines in overall health
- Weakness and lethargy
Not every decline in your loved one’s health results from nutritional neglect. However, malnutrition and dehydration can contribute to health problems. So, it’s important to compare your observations with your loved one’s typical level of health. Then, if there seems to be vast differences, you can follow up appropriately.
Reasons for Nutritional Neglect
Multiple factors can contribute to nutritional neglect, and a combination of these factors might be the problem. For example, your loved one may have special dietary or feeding needs that the facility does not have adequate staffing to fulfill consistently. Other times, the staff might ignore or be unaware of changes in the nutritional needs of your loved one. Finally, the facility might not offer meals with good nutritional value to meet its residents’ different requirements.
Regardless of the reason, understand that you have legal options in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. For example, you could pursue compensation for damages in civil court with the help of an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer.
Compensation in Nursing Home Neglect Cases
The compensation you could recover will depend on your unique circumstances or your loved one’s. For example, after your loved one experiences nutritional neglect, they might need to receive medical care to correct dietary imbalances and treat diseases like scurvy and osteoporosis. Compensation may cover these medical bills.
You could also receive compensation related to pain and suffering or other emotional trauma due to neglect. Finally, you could recover moving costs to another facility.
After our team gets a chance to review the facts of your case, we can estimate how much you will likely recover in compensation. However, every case is different. So, working with a qualified attorney specializing in nursing home abuse and neglect law could improve your chances of recovering compensation in your case.
How Can an Attorney Help Me With My Case?
An attorney specializing in nursing home abuse and neglect cases can help you with your case involving nutritional neglect. When you consult with Brown & Barron, we will carefully review the facts of your case to determine what happened and who was responsible.
Then, based on the evidence, we will review your legal options with you and who you could hold responsible for your damages. Finally, if you choose to move forward with your case with us, we will help you through every stage of the process:
- Handling insurance forms and other paperwork
- Keeping you informed of your case’s progress
- Answering any questions you might have
- Negotiating for a fair settlement
- Arguing your case in court if necessary
We will fight for the compensation you deserve and work to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Nutritional Neglect Attorney?
It is natural to worry about legal fees, particularly if you have limited income and mounting bills you’re trying to handle. However, we believe so much in standing up for your rights and helping you get compensation that we use a contingency fee structure.
Under this fee structure, we will only charge you for our services if you recover compensation in your case. We then receive a percentage of what you recover to cover legal costs and fees. This setup also allows you to explore all your options and get the legal advice you need without worrying about upfront legal costs.
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a nursing homes nutritional neglect lawyer serving Annapolis.
The Exceptional Work at Brown & Barron
Our legal team works in many specialty areas, including nursing home abuse and neglect. We have nearly 140 years of combined experience and have successfully helped numerous clients recover compensation. We are proud to serve clients from throughout Maryland, including nursing home abuse and neglect victims in the Annapolis area. Here’s what a few former clients have had to say:
- “They are a very consistent company and make sure you know the process and the stages you’re going through. Also, they let you know all the information they receive about your case and keep you updated on everything they do.” — Julian J.
- “I really appreciated the staff at Brown & Barron. All the legal assistants made me feel comfortable and at ease with a complicated legal problem.” — Debreana P.
Schedule Your Free Consultation With Our Team
If you or your loved one experienced nutritional neglect while living in a nursing home, you might qualify to receive compensation. The legal team at Brown & Barron is ready to work to help you with your case.
After all, neglect—including nutritional neglect—is serious, and you do not have to handle the legal process alone.
Get in touch with a nursing homes nutritional neglect lawyer serving Annapolis, (410) 698-1717 for a free case evaluation.
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