Malnutrition in Nursing Homes
Turn to Our Dallas Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers for Help with Your Claim
Malnutrition is a sad sign of gross negligence in nursing facilities. The Dallas nursing home malnutrition attorneys at the Smith Clinesmith Firm are devoted to protecting the rights of the elderly by litigating nursing home abuse cases that involve malnutrition, neglect, and abuse.
Malnutrition is a form of abuse that is hard to detect and diagnose in the elderly, as many symptoms overlap with natural signs of aging. However, we are a dedicated team of lawyers, paralegals, medical experts, nurses, and others who investigate claims and build the strongest case for a positive outcome.
Signs of Malnutrition in the Elderly
There are multiple reasons that malnutrition occurs in nursing home facilities, but none of them are excusable. Your first clues that dehydration or malnutrition are occurring with an elderly patient may be disorientation and confusion, which is never a normal characteristic at any age.
Other signs of malnutrition include:
- Loss of fat
- Decreased white blood cells
- Reduced muscle and tissue
- Tiredness, fatigue, apathy
- Edema in lower arms and legs
- Dry mouth
- Thinning hair or hair loss
- Long healing time for wounds, infections and illnesses
- Breathing difficulties (higher risk of respiratory failure)
If you notice any of these or other signs of malnutrition, do not hesitate to report it immediately to nursing home staff or administration. If you believe someone is in imminent danger, contact 9-1-1 and consider removing your loved one from the facility.
What Is Gross Negligence?
Gross negligence is defined by law as a conscious and voluntary disregard of the need to use reasonable care, which is likely to cause foreseeable grave injury or harm to persons, property, or both. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from intentional malnutrition, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance immediately.
Causes of Malnutrition
Malnutrition in the elderly can be caused by many factors. Some of these include:
- Medical or psychological issues
- Insufficient staff training
- Poor staff-to-resident ratio
- Failure to account for medication side effects
- Social issues
Nutritional professionals, such as doctors and nurses, advise nursing homes to conduct regular screenings by qualified health care staff to determine if malnutrition is present. However, because of the lack of medical assessments and screenings in the nursing home industry, this condition often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
Our Trusted Professionals Can Help You
The Smith Clinesmith Firm is focused on bringing justice to the elderly who are suffering abuse in nursing homes and other senior care facilities. If you or a loved one is being abused in their nursing home, you will need experienced legal representation that isn’t going to put your case on the back burner.
Based in Dallas, our nursing home malnutrition attorneys give your claim our undivided attention and use a team of experts to analyze, evaluate, and defend your claim in a court of law if necessary. If you or a loved one is experiencing the gross negligence of malnutrition in a nursing home facility anywhere in the United States, don’t wait to get help. Contact our firm right away to schedule a free and confidential consultation.