Choosing to bring an elderly loved one to a nursing home is a difficult decision for any family. When making such a decision, it is often done in the hope that the nursing home staff will be able to maintain the best care to the older people in our lives, such as around-the-clock attention and the administration of necessary medication.
Providing proper nutrition is an essential element of sustaining the health of patients. Under the complete care of a nursing home, the caretakers are responsible for supplying all meals to people under their care. Many individuals in nursing homes have medical concerns that require a nutritional plan tailored to their specific needs.
But in some nursing homes, the staff may not be properly trained to provide nutrition to the individuals under their care, or they may be negligent in supplying food. A lack of proper nutritional care can be detrimental to the health of elderly people. You can retain a Baltimore nursing home nutritional neglect attorney to help with this.
Get in touch with a nutrition neglect lawyer serving Baltimore, (410) 698-1717 for a free case evaluation.
Inadequate nutrition leads to malnutrition and/or dehydration which can exacerbate any existing health issues.
An elderly person who is not being properly fed in a nursing home may exhibit the following signs and symptoms:
- Mouth sores and thrush
- Weight loss
- Muscle weakness
- Red eyes
- Vision problems
- Loss of appetite
- Dry skin
- Slow healing
- Kidney failure
- Irritability and other emotional effects
Notice any of the signs/symptoms we mentioned or any other health-related issues, including any signs of physical or emotional abuse/neglect? Then you should get medical care for your loved one right away. You may need to contact the authorities and a nursing home nutritional neglect attorney’s team.
Causes of Nursing Home Resident Malnutrition
When a nursing home doesn’t meet the normally high standard of care, its residents suffer the consequences. In some instances, a nursing home may deliberately keep its staff or their staff’s working hours to a minimum to maximize profits. A nursing home may not serve food with enough nutritional value in other cases. Regardless of the cause in your loved one’s case, an attorney can help.
Getting Compensation for Your Loved One
If your elderly loved one is a victim of nutritional neglect and/or other neglect/abuse, you can file a legal claim or lawsuit against the nursing home. Since the nursing home itself is responsible for its staff’s actions (and inactions), the nursing home could be responsible for the neglect your loved one suffered.
By holding the nursing home accountable, you may help prevent instances of neglect in the future. You may also be able to claim damages for your loved one. Some of the damages you could claim include:
- Medical bills for any care, treatments, or therapies (such as IV nutritional therapy) your loved one may need after suffering nutritional deficiencies and other harm
- The cost of having to relocate your loved one to a new nursing home center
- Additional costs related to any illnesses or injuries your loved one suffered as a result of neglect and/or abuse
- Damages for pain and suffering, and mental anguish
- Wrongful death damages if your loved one doesn’t survive
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a nutrition neglect lawyer serving Baltimore.
Here’s How a Lawyer Will Help You and Your Loved One
When you hire a lawyer from our firm, they will investigate your loved one’s case for you, help you hold the nursing home to account, and collect compensation on behalf of you and your loved ones.
Our lawyers have decades of experience helping people like you and your elderly loved one. As advocates for individuals, we stand up for our clients against large companies that abuse its power or neglect their responsibility.
Our Baltimore lawyers retrieve compensation for our clients so they can recover from their nutritional neglect situation. Many of our lawyers have achieved multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients.
You can expect your abuse and neglect lawyer to:
- Seek out evidence for your case (such as medical records and even testimonies from other residents)
- Identify the person(s) or any other entities responsible for the neglect
- Establish the entities’ negligence in your case
- Take care of all communications with the entities’ insurer and lawyers
- Help you determine which damages your loved one can claim
- Negotiate a settlement with the other party or take your case to court
- Help you meet the deadline to file a lawsuit if you want to file one
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