According to a recent survey of studies, approximately 20 percent of nursing home residents suffered from some form of malnutrition or dehydration. Unfortunately, due to the lack of an official set of standards for classifying a nursing home resident as suffering from malnutrition or dehydration, the prevalence rates range from one percent to 66 percent. The fact remains that the elderly can be easily neglected or abused in nursing homes or long-term care facilities. If you or a loved one have suffered from nursing home malnutrition or dehydration, you need experienced personal injury lawyers who will aggressively investigate and pursue your claim. The award-winning attorneys of Andres & Berger, P.C. have a proven track record of helping clients who have been harmed through no fault of their own, obtain the compensation and justice they deserve
Due to the fact that many nursing home residents already suffer from a variety of medical ailments, malnutrition and dehydration can cause further medical problems or exacerbate existing ones. When malnutrition and dehydration are caused by abuse and neglect by nursing home staff, elderly persons may be unwilling or unable to let friends and loved ones know they are suffering from malnutrition and dehydration. The symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration may also leave elderly persons unable to recognize they are suffering in the first place. That is why it is important to look out for signs and symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration in nursing home residents. Signs and symptoms of malnutrition include:
Symptoms of dehydration in elderly nursing home patients include:
Who can be held legally and financially responsible for nursing home malnutrition and dehydration often depends on the circumstances of the case. First, is an elderly person’s malnutrition and dehydration the result of neglect and negligence by the nursing home and its staff, or is it the result of willful or wanton abuse by the nursing home staff? Some of the parties who can be held responsible for nursing home malnutrition and dehydration include:
It is entirely possible, even likely, that more than one person or company is responsible for a claim of nursing home malnutrition or dehydration. That is why it is important to have experienced nursing home malnutrition and dehydration attorneys who can investigate your or your loved one’s claim to determine who exactly is at fault.
If you or a loved one have suffered from malnutrition or dehydration while a resident in a nursing home, you need experienced nursing home and elder abuse attorneys who will investigate your claim to determine whether your or your loved one’s malnutrition or dehydration were caused by someone’s negligence or abuse. Contact the nursing home malnutrition & dehydration lawyers of Andres & Berger, P.C. today for a consultation to discuss your case, the kinds of compensation you may be entitled to, and how we can help you pursue your claim.
FAQ: What kinds of compensation am I entitled to for my malnutrition and dehydration claim?
You are entitled to reimbursement of your medical expenses incurred to treat your malnutrition and dehydration along with any medical complications that arose as a result of your malnutrition or dehydration. You may also be entitled to pain and suffering damages. The Residents’ Bill of Rights may also allow you to recover attorneys’ fees and legal costs incurred in pursuing a claim. Finally, if your or your loved one’s malnutrition or dehydration arose from particularly egregious or wanton conduct, you may also be entitled to seek punitive damages; however, punitive damages are usually only awarded in the rarest of cases.
FAQ: Do I or my family need to pursue criminal charges against the nursing home?
You do not need to file criminal charges to also pursue a claim of nursing home malnutrition and dehydration. Conduct that can give rise to a civil claim may not rise to the level of criminal culpability. However, if a nursing home or its staff are found criminally liable for your or your loved one’s malnutrition or dehydration, that can go a long way to proving your civil claim.
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