Malnutrition & Dehydration are common problems at many nursing homes. Patients who are malnourished as a result of abuse or neglect at a nursing home or hospice may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering related to physical, psychological, and emotional trauma, and other injuries.
What causes malnutrition & dehydration in nursing homes?
Nursing home and hospice facilities are required to provide adequate care and nourishment for their residents and patients. Unfortunately, there are a variety of ways a nursing home can fall short, resulting in malnutrition or dehydration for patients and nursing home residents. Some of the most common causes of malnourishment in nursing home and hospice facilities include:
- Complications from medications or medical conditions: Many nursing home and hospice facility residents and patients are on medication, or have medical conditions, that may reduce or otherwise disrupt their appetite. If staff members are aware of this, and do not ensure individuals receive key vitamins and nutrients in other ways, they may be responsible for injuries caused by malnourishment.
- Poor hiring: If a nursing or hospice facility hires an employee that neglects, abuses or otherwise intentionally harms a resident, and the resident becomes malnourished, they may be held liable for any injuries caused by the employee. The facility is also responsible if they fail to provide adequate employee training or supervision.
- Inadequate medical treatment: If a resident falls at a nursing home or hospice facility, and the staff does not provide adequate treatment for the injuries, the nursing or hospice facility may be liable for the resulting pain and injuries.
- Failure to Provide Adequate Food: Nursing home and hospice facilities are required to provide adequate, safe, nutrient-rich food to patients and residents. If a facility knowingly fails to provide residents with nutritious food, they may be held responsible for any injuries caused by malnourishment.
What to do if your loved one becomes malnourished at a nursing home?
If you, or your loved one, has suffered from malnutrition or dehydration as a resident or patient at a nursing home or hospice care facility, take immediate action to rectify the situation. Do not hesitate to remove your loved one from the facility.
Be sure to document the injuries with photographs, witness statements and medical records as applicable.
How can a nursing home abuse lawyer help?
If your loved one becomes malnourished at a nursing home or hospice facility, focus on taking care of them and finding them a new place to live, rather than deadlines, legal paperwork or attorneys.
Instead, let our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys focus on taking on the nursing home or hospice facility. We have experience obtaining settlements large enough to cover temporary or lifelong costs associated with malnutrition in nursing homes . In our most successful cases, Habush clients obtain settlements often double what unrepresented victims obtain.
The experienced attorneys of Habush & Rottier are here to help you with your nursing home or hospice facility malnourishment claim. To discuss the details of your situation, contact us at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874) today.