Experienced Attorneys Fighting for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse in RI and MA
Malnutrition is among the most common and most dangerous consequences of nursing home neglect and abuse. Some studies have shown that as many as a third of all nursing home residents in the United States suffer from malnutrition, dehydration, or both. While malnutrition is a serious concern on its own, it is the risks associated with this avoidable condition that make it particularly dangerous for elderly nursing home residents.
The simple fact is this: With appropriate care, no one living in a nursing home should suffer from malnutrition. No one. Nursing home staff and administrators need to make nutrition a top priority, and if a resident is suffering from a condition that makes him or her susceptible to malnutrition, the nursing home has a duty to ensure that he or she has the opportunity to receive adequate care in a hospital. With only rare exceptions, any failure that leads to malnutrition in a nursing home will be grounds for legal action. As a nursing home resident or the family member of an elderly individual living in a nursing home, you owe it to yourself, your family, and those around you to take action and seek to hold the nursing home accountable for its failures.
Experienced Help for Nursing Home Residents and Their Families
At the Bottaro Law Firm, we provide experienced legal representation for nursing home residents and their families throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. When you contact us, we will sit down with you to discuss your situation in detail so that we can provide a thorough assessment of your legal rights. All consultations are completely confidential, and attorney Mike Bottaro will gladly come to you at a time that fits your schedule. If you or a loved one is suffering from malnutrition in a nursing home, it is important that you act quickly, and we want to make sure that we can do everything possible to help you or your loved one get treatment as soon as possible.
Staffing Failures: A Common (and Avoidable) Cause of Nursing Home Malnutrition
Recognizing that malnutrition is a condition that can – and should – be avoided, studies have pointed to inadequate staffing as a leading cause of malnutrition in nursing homes. Simply put, many nursing homes do not have enough nurses on staff to make sure that their residents get enough to eat and drink. While the solution is equally simple (hiring more qualified nurses, of which there are plenty), nursing homes continue to under-staff at an alarming and dangerous rate.
How can you tell if a nursing home is understaffed? When we take your case, we will perform a thorough investigation to answer questions such as:
- What is the nursing home’s staff-to-resident ratio?
- Are all nurses properly qualified with appropriate training and experience?
- Are nurses and staff members familiar with residents’ unique dietary needs and restrictions?
- Are residents’ care plans being consistently followed?
- Are nurses and other staff members readily available to respond to residents’ needs?
If you or your loved one has suffered from malnutrition due to inadequate nursing home staffing, we can help you find safe and reliable care, and we can take prompt, aggressive action secure financial compensation for your medical bills, pain, suffering, and other losses.
Other Possible Causes of Nursing Home Malnutrition
Even in nursing homes that are adequately staffed, malnutrition is a persistent problem. Why? In our experience, there are a number of recurring causes – all of which are equally unfortunate and avoidable. Along with inadequate staffing, some of the most common factors leading to malnutrition in Massachusetts and Rhode Island nursing homes include:
- Untrained staff
- Inadequate staff supervision
- Deficient nursing home administration
- Failure to follow a resident’s care plan
- Failure to supervise meals
- Failure to adjust a resident’s nutrition following a change in medical condition
- Failure to identify the initial warning signs of malnutrition
- Not addressing the nutritional side-effects of a resident’s medications
- Not monitoring a resident’s intravenous (IV) fluids
- Other forms of nursing home negligence and abuse
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Malnutrition
If you or an elderly family member living in a Massachusetts or Rhode Island nursing home has been diagnosed with malnutrition or is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, we encourage you to contact us promptly so that we can help:
- Dry skin
- Loss of muscle mass
- Memory loss
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Tooth decay
- Weight loss
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer Mike Bottaro
To get help with your situation, please contact us right away. We are here for you, and we are committed to making sure that our clients receive the treatment they need and the compensation they deserve. Don’t let your situation worsen – call (401) 777-7777 or send us a message online to schedule a free, confidential consultation with attorney Mike Bottaro today.