Malnutrition & Dehydration in WV Nursing Homes
The health of elderly individuals is dependent on proper nutrition. When nursing homes fail to provide this most basic service, the health and stability of its residents suffer.
At The Bell Law Firm, PLLC, our Charleston nursing home attorneys have seen first-hand cases in which the health of nursing home residents is suffering due to malnutrition and dehydration. Some nursing homes are failing to ensure that their residents are eating and drinking.
Why Are Nursing Home Residents Suffering From Malnutrition & Dehydration?
When an individual brings an elderly friend or family member to a nursing home, they expect that exemplary services will be provided. Unfortunately, nursing homes are often overcrowded and understaffed - and as a result, residents are suffering.
Malnutrition and dehydration in nursing homes is happening due to a number of circumstances:
- Individuals who need assistance eating are not receiving it
- Individuals who are being fed feel rushed, and as a result, don’t eat as much
- Nursing home employees are inaccurately charting how much a resident eats or drinks
- Contaminated food
Nursing homes are required to document nearly every interaction with residents, including how much they eat and drink. Recently, some facilities have started holding " charting parties", in which employees get together and falsely chart how much patients are eating to avoid problems during facility inspections. In some cases, employees have charted residents of eating meals when in fact that resident had died.
At The Bell Law Firm, PLLC, our West Virginia elder abuse lawyers work to uncover the truth behind nursing home neglect. When handling malnutrition and dehydration cases, we talk to former nursing home staff, examine records, and work with handwriting experts and private investigators. Examining facts allows us to craft compelling cases, working to hold nursing homes accountable for their actions.
Need Help? Contact Our Experienced Lawyers Today
If you suspect a loved one is victim to elder abuse in a nursing home, please contact us to discuss your case. All consultations are confidential and free and our attorneys have detailed knowledge of the personal injury laws here in West Virginia to help fight for the justice that you deserve.
We offer 100% FREE case evaluations to help determine if there are grounds to file a lawsuit and if so, we work on a contingency-only basis, which means that we do not get paid unless we obtain a verdict or settlement for your case.
To find out how we can help with your potential nursing home abuse claim, contact us today at 304-345-1700. A member from our personal injury team is ready to answer your call and your will be quickly connected to one of our attorneys to discuss the merits of your case.