Nursing Home Malnutrition Attorneys
Some elderly patients in nursing homes eat and swallow with great difficulty. Others don’t drink enough because they are worried about incontinence. Still others are unable to feed themselves and must get nutrition and hydration intravenously. In all instances, it is the responsibility of the nursing home to monitor patient intake and take the appropriate steps if there are deficits.
At Duffield, Lovejoy & Boggs, Attorneys at Law, our West Virginia lawyers advocate for elderly clients and their families after nursing home negligence has resulted in malnutrition, dehydration or death. These conditions are almost always preventable, requiring only that the nursing home provide care at the approved level. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are run by large corporations whose primary interest is the bottom line, rather than good patient care. The result is often inadequate staffing levels that do not allow for proper monitoring of patient food and beverage intake.
When a client becomes ill or dies because of malnutrition or dehydration, our attorneys take steps to learn what really happened. We obtain records that include meal and feeding schedules and nurses’ reports. We check the backgrounds of staff. We consult with experts and specialists such as dietitians, nutritionists and physicians. We seek to identify where the negligence occurred.
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In our lawyers‘ experience, instances of malnutrition and dehydration are usually the result of deliberate understaffing or failing to adequately investigate and train staff. When staffing levels are inadequate, those nurses and aides who do remain are often overworked and unable to complete their duties because they simply do not have the time. When we take legal action, we seek to hold the corporation, not the individual staff members, liable for its bad decisions.
When we file a lawsuit against a nursing home because of patient illness or death, we seek compensation for hospitalization, treatment, and pain and suffering. When a patient dies, we request damages, sending a message to other nursing home operators that this type of mistreatment is unacceptable.
West Virginia Nursing Home Dehydration Lawyers
At Duffield, Lovejoy & Boggs, Attorneys at Law, we help the elderly and their families obtain compensation after injuries in nursing homes. Please contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with our Huntington nursing home dehydration lawyers.
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