The premise of putting a loved in a nursing home is that the facility can provide medical supervision and round-the-clock care that the spouse or family cannot. If the facility’s staff is paying any attention, it is impossible to fathom how your loved one could suffer from malnutrition or lack of fluids.
Yet malnutrition and dehydration are all too common in some nursing homes, from substandard medical care or out of pure nursing home neglect. If you believe your loved one suffered serious harm or died because of insufficient food or fluids, the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can step in to hold the elder care facility accountable.
Was your loved one slowly starved in a nursing home? Contact us today for a free case evaluation. Our Long Island nursing home abuse attorneys handle nursing home negligence lawsuits on Long Island and nearby areas including Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens. Se habla español.
Long Island Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys. Nursing Home Mistreatment – Malnutrition or Dehydration
Nursing home residents need proper nutrients to recuperate from injuries or illness and to maintain their health. This is especially important if the person’s bones or immune system are already compromised.
Malnutrition can leave the person vulnerable to illness, infection, fractures or fainting. Severe malnourishment or dehydration can result in hallucination, organ failure, coma or death. There are many reasons why nursing home patients may stop eating or drinking. It is the job of the care providers and medical staff to be vigilant and to intervene.
Our Long Island nursing home abuse attorneys can look into medical records and other evidence of neglect or poor supervision:
- Many residents have dietary restrictions. Were these followed by kitchen staff?
- Some residents need softer foods or smaller morsels. Was the food palatable?
- Was your loved one too frail to eat or drink without assistance?
- Food and fluid intake should be monitored. Did anyone notice or chart changes?
- Weight loss or loss of appetite can be a symptom of serious illness, depression or abuse. Was the medical staff alerted?
- Is there a dietitian on staff? Has the facility been cited for poor nutrition or health code violations?
- Looking back, did your loved one complain of being hungry or thirsty? Or did you notice a tray of uneaten food?
Suffolk County Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Attorney Richard Jaffe and his team can intervene if your loved one needs medical intervention, and we can follow up if he or she died or suffered lasting injury from malnutrition or dehydration. We have recovered monetary damages for medical bill, disability, and pain and suffering, and wrongful death damages on behalf of survivors.
Our Long Island malpractice attorneys offer a free initial consultation. If we pursue a civil action against the nursing home, there are no attorney fees unless we recover compensation.
Call our New Hyde Park law firm at 516-358-6900 or contact us online. We speak Spanish and Russian.
For a free legal consultation with a malnutrition lawyer serving Long Island, call 516-358-6900