Indianapolis Nursing Home Malnutrition Attorneys
We trust nursing homes to provide proper nourishment and nutrition to the family members we place in their care. Malnutrition occurs when an elderly person is not given enough food or is given improper types of food by the nursing home staff. In other words, a negligent nursing home may not give sufficient vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients to the people we care about most. Malnutrition can be devastating for your loved one and for your family. If your loved one is suffering from malnutrition as a result of nursing home caregiver negligence, the Hankey Law Office is here to help.
The Indianapolis nursing home malnutrition lawyers of the Hankey Law Office have helped put an end to the malnutrition and mistreatment of the elderly in our state, and we’re ready to help you and your loved one. We have the skill and experience you need on your side to help your family through this tough time. Call us today at (317) 634-8565, fill out a contact form, or chat with us live to discuss how we can work together to end this mistreatment.
Do I Need an Attorney?
Putting a loved one in a nursing home is a tough decision. When making this decision, we expect that the best quality care and attention will be given to our loved ones. If we expected otherwise, we simply would not place our loved ones in a nursing home. When the negligence of a nursing home harms our loved ones, we are struck with a sense of betrayal and outrage. This is particularly true when it comes to malnutrition because this harm is not generally caused by a single negligent act. For malnutrition to occur, our loved ones must be improperly fed for a long time. This long line of negligence is particularly disturbing.
Unfortunately, malnutrition can often be difficult to prove. This is because it requires a long line of feeding mistakes that ultimately lead to the malnutrition of your loved one. To ensure the best result in court, you need an experienced nursing home abuse attorney on your side that has been exposed to malnutrition cases. At the Hankey Law Office, we have this exposure, and we are ready to use our experience to fight for you and get the recovery you deserve.
Why Choose the Hankey Law Office?
At the Hankey Law Office, we have over 75 years of combined experience helping the people of Indianapolis get the recovery they deserve for their injuries. While accidents can happen, we expect that proper care is given to our loved ones that we place in nursing homes. When the nursing home is negligent, you should be entitled to fair compensation for the pain and suffering of your loved one that you entrusted to the nursing home.
Our founding attorney, Charles D. Hankey, has been practicing law in Indiana since 1973. He has handled countless nursing home abuse cases, especially malnutrition cases. For his hard work, he was awarded the title of “Top 100 Litigation Lawyers” in the State of Indiana for 2014 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. He has passed on his knowledge and expertise to the other qualified attorneys at the Hankey Law Office.
If your loved one is suffering from malnourishment because of the negligence of a nursing home, you need the skill, experience, and pedigree of the Hankey Law Office on your side. We understand how difficult nursing home abuse cases can be for the family involved. It is important to have a skilled attorney with caring staff on your side to help you through this tough time. If your loved one has been malnourished because of the negligence of a nursing home, please call us today at (317) 634-8565 so you can get the recovery you deserve.
What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Malnutrition?
A wide variety of negligent nursing home conduct can cause the malnutrition of your loved one. Sometimes, nursing home staff can feed a resident the wrong meal entirely for an extended period. The nursing home is responsible for employing the proper amount of staff to care for the residents of a nursing home. If a staff member gets overwhelmed because they are taking care of too many residents, the nursing home is negligent.
In addition to understaffing, a nursing home may not have qualified staff members helping the elderly. A staff member may simply not know what or how to feed your loved one, and this can lead to malnutrition. Regardless of the cause of the cause malnutrition, the symptoms can be severe.
It is important that everyone with a family member in a nursing home is constantly aware of their loved one’s present state of health. If you have noticed the following in your loved one, their health problems may be linked to the nursing home’s failure to provide them with the proper nutrients, leading to malnutrition:
- Sudden weight loss
- Confusion and disorientation
- Thinning hair
- Ill-fitting dentures
- Weakened immune system
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin discoloration
- Red, glassy, or swollen eyes
- Weak muscles that feel fatigued
Nursing home patients that show symptoms of malnutrition need immediate care. The failure of the body to absorb nutrients can be deadly if action is not taken. Sadly, many patients are not only being fed improperly, but their condition will worsen if left untreated.
If your loved one has experienced any of these symptoms, they may be suffering from malnutrition. The nursing home should be responsible for its negligent conduct. Please call the attorneys at the Hankey Law Office today at (317) 634-8565 so you can get just recovery from the nursing home for causing the malnourishment of your loved one.
Nursing Home Malnutrition Statistics
There are over a million nursing home residents in the United States. According to one study located on the U.S. National Library of Medicine website, about 20% of nursing home residents have had some form of malnutrition. This means that about 200,000 elderly individuals may suffer from malnutrition in nursing homes today. Given this number, it is no surprise that, along with dehydration, malnutrition is the most common health issue found in nursing homes. Malnutrition can cause cognitive impairment, depression, swallowing difficulty, and functional impairment. While these symptoms are bad enough, death is the most serious and tragic consequence of malnutrition. These facts show that malnutrition is a common issue that has drastic and painful consequences. If you think your loved one was malnourished by the nursing home, please contact the Hankey Law Office today for fierce legal advocacy.
If your loved one has suffered from malnutrition at the hands of negligent nursing home staff, please contact the Indianapolis nursing home malpractice attorneys at the Hankey Law Office today so you can get the justice your loved one deserves for the pain and suffering they have endured. Malnutrition is a serious issue in nursing homes, and the effects of malnutrition can be excruciatingly painful. Call us at (317) 634-8565, and we will fight for you and your loved one.