You would never expect a resident in a nursing home or assisted living facility to simply starve. Yet this occurs with many people in residential care facilities. How could this tragedy occur in this country , and in an institution solely geared to caring for the health and well-being of its residents? Unfortunately, it does, and neglect and failing to care properly for elderly residents is far too common. This shouldn’t be possible in a nursing facility, and yet numerous reports of malnutrition are filed every year. When a resident is not given adequate food complete with protein, vitamins and minerals, malnutrition, decreased health and severe illness even death could result. If your loved one has been injured by this form of nursing home abuse, find out how an experienced West Virginia personal injury lawyer at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC can assist you to recover damages.
Nursing homes are required to regularly assess each resident’s progress and needs to ensure they remain as healthy as possible. When a resident who suffers from dementia, an inability to eat on his own , it is vital that appropriate steps are taken to feed or assist the resident to eat. Malnutrition causes severe health issues, low blood sugar and weakness which may lead to serious illnesses or fall accidents. Leaving a resident to eat on his own without routinely monitoring his food intake may constitute abandonment, a form of nursing home abuse. A nursing home abuse attorney at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC considers malnutrition or dehydration deplorable and will employ the firm’s considerable resources to investigation of the facility for other forms of abuse and neglect before filing a claim for damages.
We understand that a case of nursing home neglect or abuse at assisted living facilities is traumatic for the family as well as the resident. Our legal team is ready to represent you in a court of law and see that justice is done. A nursing home abuse lawyer at our firm works tirelessly to ensure appropriate compensation is recovered. If you suspect that abusive behaviors have resulted in malnutrition, don’t wait to contact us for legal assistance. We are here to help you and your family.