Malnutrition In Nursing Homes
Having a parent in a nursing home is emotional and challenging for many families. There may often be a sense of guilt or failure for not being able to take care of their loved ones. However, when that parent is the victim of nursing home neglect, it is even more devastating.
Did Nursing Home Neglect Lead To Your Loved One’s Malnutrition?
One of the most common types of nursing home neglect relates to issues in malnutrition. Many elder individuals in nursing homes rely on the staff to provide timely and adequate meals and snacks. These patients also depend on nursing home workers to remember food allergies and food-related medical conditions such as diabetes.
When nursing home residents are the victims of malnutrition, they may face a range of health concerns, including allergic reactions, rising blood pressure, ulcers, low blood sugar, diabetic shock and coma, and in the worst cases — death.
If your loved one experienced any type of injury due to malnutrition in a nursing home, your family may be entitled to compensation for pain, suffering and in the event of death — the loss of life.
Causes Of Malnutrition And Dehydration In Nursing Homes
At Harris Powers & Cunningham, we address a range of legal cases involving nursing home neglect, including claims surrounding:
- Failure of staff members to communicate special dietary needs
- Failure to communicate food allergies
- Failure to communicate diabetes status
- Providing food to patients that poses a threat to their health
- Failure to provide adequate food or water
Special Arizona Laws Protect The Rights Of The Elderly
When addressing issues in nursing home neglect and malnutrition, our attorneys call upon special Arizona laws that protect the elderly and incapacitated adults. The Arizona Adult Protective Services Act gives certain rights to these individuals in personal injury claims that would not otherwise be available. For example, in the majority of wrongful death cases, families cannot collect compensation for the pain and suffering of their loved one before he or she passed away. However, in the event of an elderly or incapacitated adult who died due to nursing home neglect, your family members would be eligible for compensation for their pain and suffering before death.