Boca Raton, FL – Because of issues with improper staffing and neglect in nursing homes, it is possible that a patient within the facility will experience malnourishment or dehydration. These conditions can become serious or even fatal if they are left untreated for extended periods of time. Anyone who has had an elderly family member mistreated at a local nursing home should contact an attorney to review the situation and determine if a negligence lawsuit is necessary.
Malnutrition in elderly adults
Malnutrition is a general term that describes when a person has not been eating properly and develops other health conditions due to poor diet. It is even possible that someone who has eaten a large enough volume of food still becomes malnourished due to a lack of nutrients and poor food choices. Elderly people are also much more prone to malnutrition as their metabolism slows down and their bodies process nutrients less efficiently. Some individuals may also have problems with their mouth and throat, which can cause difficulty chewing food and swallowing. There are also situations where people can develop health conditions as they age that indirectly cause or contribute to poor nutrition and malnourishment.
Risks associated with poor eating habits
When a person of advanced age does not eat properly, there are a few very serious problems that can occur. Decreases in bone density are more likely to result in problems related to falling and broken bones. The person’s immune system may also start to fail, making it much more likely that they will contract an illness and lack the ability to fight the disease without medical intervention. In severe cases, a person who is already old and frail can sustain fatal health problems associated with a poor diet and complications that result from not eating optimally. As with many other health conditions, poor nutrition can tend to exacerbate health problems that already exist in an aging person.
Lawsuits against nursing homes
When someone is malnourished, ill, or sustains a physical injury while under the care of a nursing home, their family members should take some time to speak with a personal injury lawyer. It may be possible to file a negligence case against the facility’s administration for various forms of compensation. This can include payment for additional medical treatment and expenses that were sustained due to the facility’s improper care.
Legal advice related to nursing home injuries
Rosenberg Injury Law is a trusted firm that helps clients with nursing home problems in the Boca Raton area. Anyone who wants to speak with an experienced attorney can contact the firm for more information and guidance.
Firm contact info:
5255 North Federal Highway, 3rd Floor, Boca Raton, Florida 33487