Montgomery County Nursing Home Malnutrition Lawyers
Reputable Lawyers Vigorously Defend the Rights of Nursing Home Residents Suffering from Malnutrition in Montgomery County and Bucks County, PA
Checking a loved one into a nursing home is often one of the more difficult decisions that a person will ever have to make. In most cases, you choose nursing home care because your loved one is no longer able to safely live on their own, and you want to make sure that their basic needs are met by a team of trained and compassionate professionals. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse runs rampant in Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States when nursing home staff members neglect their legal duty to provide care that meets the most basic of resident needs—ensuring that patients receive proper nutrition.
Even when malnutrition in nursing home residents is not caused by outright abuse—in the form of withholding food—when malnutrition goes unchecked, your loved one may suffer from serious and long-lasting medical complications. Our skilled nursing home abuse prevention lawyers are here to stop nursing home malnutrition in its tracks and make sure your loved one gets the compensation necessary to treat any resulting medical problems and hold the nursing home fully accountable for its negligent care.
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At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C., we are passionate about stopping unconscionable nursing home abuse in general and making sure your loved ones are safe and well-nourished. Our team of skilled nursing home abuse lawyers has built its strong reputation in the community through our dedication to hard work, client service, and exceptional legal representation. If your loved one is suffering from malnutrition or other forms of nursing home abuse in Pennsylvania, our skilled nursing home abuse lawyers are here to help. Call or contact us today to see how we can help in your case.
Common Causes of Malnutrition in PA Nursing Home Residents
Although the common causes of malnutrition in nursing home residents are widely varied, at the core, it is the nursing home and its staff members who are responsible for ensuring that all residents are properly nourished. Some common causes of malnutrition in nursing home residents include:
- Staff shortages,
- Poorly trained staff,
- Patient illness that results in a loss of appetite,
- Problems swallowing,
- Drug interactions that cause negative side effects,
- Tremors in the patient that make it difficult for patients to feed themselves,
- Dental issues in patients that make eating certain foods difficult,
- Poor quality food or staff failure to provide food that meets the patient’s dietary needs,
- Outright abuse in the form of withholding food from nursing home residents.
While most of these causes of malnutrition do not result from outright abuse by nursing home staff members, they do stem from negligence. The nursing home has a legal duty to ensure that your loved one is safe, and one aspect of that duty is ensuring that all residents are receiving proper nutrition. When nursing home staff members fail to take action to prevent malnutrition from continuing—whether by seeking out medical care for the resident or taking steps to get the resident food that he or she is able to eat—the nursing home can be held financially responsible for that negligence.
Skilled and Compassionate Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Help Clients Recognize the Signs of Malnutrition in Loved Ones
Malnutrition can cause severe medical consequences if allowed to continue for even a brief period of time, especially when the malnourished individual is an elderly nursing home resident. Signs that your loved one may be suffering from malnutrition include:
- Sudden weight loss,
- Unexplained injuries and infections,
- Wounds that take longer than normal to heal,
- Rapid hair loss,
- Confusion and inability to concentrate,
- Memory loss,
- Muscle loss,
- Bleeding gums and cracks around the mouth.
When you notice these or any other unusual signs in a loved one who is living in a nursing home, it’s important to take action immediately in order to both stop the abuse and promptly treat any medical side effects to prevent further harm. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C., we are here to help you explore every available option for stopping the abuse and holding the nursing home financially responsible.
Call for a Free Initial Consultation Today if You Believe Your Loved One is Suffering from Malnutrition in a Pennsylvania Nursing Home
If you believe that your loved one is suffering from malnutrition in a nursing home, it is critical to take immediate action to protect your loved one’s health. Our lawyers are experienced in advocating for nursing home residents suffering from malnutrition and other forms of abuse in Lansdale and elsewhere in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Call our office or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss options for recovering compensation in your case.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Malnutrition Injury Claims
The available compensation will depend upon the specifics of your case, but you can generally recover compensation for any medical treatment made necessary to remedy the negative effects of malnutrition, including the cost of ongoing future medical care or medical devices. You can also recover compensation for the pain and suffering that your loved one was forced to endure because of the negligence.
Although it may be the nursing home staff member who was negligent in causing or failing to recognize your loved one was suffering from malnutrition, in many cases it will be the nursing home itself that is actually financially responsible for the resulting harm. This is because it is the nursing home’s responsibility to ensure that staff members are properly trained to recognize the signs of malnutrition, properly monitor residents to prevent malnutrition and seek out medical assistance when they notice that a resident is suffering from malnutrition.