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Protecting Nursing Home Residents from Abuse and Neglect

Nursing homes have a legal duty to provide a safe and healthy environment for their residents, a duty which includes ensuring that their residents receive the proper amount of food and nutrition.  Unfortunately, there are many nursing facilities in Florida and across the nation that fail to meet federal and state requirements, causing residents to be put at risk for malnutrition, dehydration and other serious medical conditions. Regardless of whether malnutrition is the result of negligence or outright abuse, nursing homes need to be held legally accountable for the harm suffered by their residents.

If your loved one has suffered from malnutrition in a nursing home, you may have the right to take legal action against the facility and its staff. The Florida Law Group offers free consultations where we will review your case and discuss the appropriate legal course of action. Elderly abuse is a serious problem, and our Florida malnutrition abuse lawyers are committed to stopping it from happening and pursuing justice for those who have suffered.

Signs of Elderly Malnutrition

Malnutrition occurs when a nursing home resident either does not get enough food or is not getting the right foods with the proper amount of nutrients and vitamins. Unfortunately, malnutrition can be hard to detect, particularly when the resident already suffers from communication problems or memory impairment. The signs of malnutrition are not always clear; however, if you suspect neglect or abuse, there are certain symptoms you should be on the lookout for, such as:

  • Rapid and unexplained weight loss
  • Presence of canker sores in the mouth
  • Mouth turning a shade of bright red
  • Flaccid muscles and fatigue
  • Red, glassy or swollen eyes
  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Yellowish tinge to the skin
  • Dental problems

Complications Associated with the Lack of Adequate Nutrition

Failure to provide a healthy and nutritious diet can put nursing home residents at risk for serious medical complications and worsening of pre-existing health conditions, including:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Anemia
  • Bed Sores
  • Infections
  • Immune system deficiency
  • Bone fractures
  • Depression and withdrawal

If malnutrition is not properly addressed by the staff and continues for too long, the nursing home resident can even die from malnutrition.

Do You Suspect that Your Loved One Has Been Malnourished in Nursing Home? The Florida Law Group Can Help

If a loved one in a nursing home has suffered a severe or unexplained weight loss or shows any other signs of malnutrition, you need to speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately. The nursing home neglect and abuse lawyers at The Florida Law Group will carefully review your case to uncover the truth behind what has happened at the facility. Our firm offers a caring and compassionate team of professionals who are here to help you every step of the way. We will provide clear answers to your questions and help you get the justice and compensation that you and your loved ones deserve. We encourage you to call our law offices today at 833-352-5297 to schedule a free consultation with our Florida malnutrition abuse lawyers.