What to Do in Case of Malnutrition Abuse
As a friend or family member of an abused elderly person, it is your duty to fight for their rights with the assistance of our Sacramento elder abuse lawyer. Newman Law Group LLP is dedicated to fighting injustice through caring counsel and aggressive representation. We have three decades of experience, giving us the expansive resources and knowledge to build a strong case and help you win maximum compensation. Malnutrition can lead to severe medical complications and conditions, so make sure you act immediately if your loved one is suffering from such terrible abuse.
What Is Malnutrition?
Malnutrition is the condition of receiving too little or too many nutrients to maintain adequate health. As the number of elderly persons who are entering nursing homes increases, so does the frequency of malnutrition cases in such facilities.
There are several factors that can contribute to malnutrition among the elderly, including:
- Dental issues
- Pain or bloating in the abdomen
- Diminished taste or smell
- Medications that alter proper nutrient absorption
- Chronic illnesses
- Social isolation
- Neglect of caretakers
Effects of Malnutrition
Like dehydration, malnutrition among the elderly in nursing homes can have immediate and long-term effects on their quality of life. Malnutrition can affect an individual’s physical, emotional, and mental health, and in severe cases can even result in death.
Common physical issues resulting from malnutrition include:
- Weight loss
- Bed sores
- Yellowing skin
- Dental problems
- White fingernails
- Organ malfunction
Malnutrition can also lead to mental problems, such as depression, socioeconomic issues, and a lack of desire to participate in physical activities, which leads to muscle deterioration. If you think that your loved one is suffering any of these conditions as a result of malnutrition, be sure to speak to a doctor as soon as possible. In addition, contact our legal team so we can help you determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit against a nursing home for any negligence that has contributed to malnutrition.
To maximize compensation for your elderly loved one’s malnutrition abuse, contact a Sacramento malnutrition lawyer from Newman Law Group LLP today.
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