Chicago Malnutririon Attorneys

Fighting Against Negligence in Illinois Nursing Homes

Nursing home residents may suffer from malnutrition when they are neglected by their caregivers. Sadly, Nursing Home Abuse Center reports that as many as 85% of seniors living in nursing home facilities suffer from malnutrition

Ferrell Young, LLC is a law firm dedicated to putting a stop to nursing home neglect and abuse of all forms. If you or a loved one is suffering from malnutrition in nursing home care, you may be able to file a claim for damages against the facility or a specific caregiver. Our experienced Chicago malnutrition attorneys will build you a strong case and fight for your right to compensation and better care. We will do whatever it takes to help you achieve justice, even if it means taking your case to court. Let us advocate for your legal rights.                                                                      

Call our firm at (312) 698-9089 or contact us online to get the legal help you deserve. All initial consultations come with no obligation and are completely free of charge. Se habla Español.

What Is Malnutrition?

Malnutrition is caused by either a lack or a surplus of nutrients in the body. Nursing home malnutrition cases tend to involve a lack of proper nutrition, which can lead to serious health conditions and even cause wrongful death

Additionally, the likelihood of being malnourished can increase due to certain factors, many of which are prevalent among people aged 65 and up (see below to learn more). In fact, malnutrition may also be caused by numerous factors, such as poor physical health (an inability to chew) or mental health (depression). If, however, the conditions of a nursing home or a specific caregiver led to serious consequences of malnutrition or dehydration, you may have a claim against the at fault party(ies).

Possible Causes of Malnutrition

Factors that may contribute to malnutrition include:

  • Abuse
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Dementia
  • Dental and/or mouth problems
  • Depression
  • Isolation during meals
  • Lack of funds to purchase nutritional food
  • Neglect
  • Poor sense of smell or taste
  • Recent hospitalizations

Effects of Malnutrition to Watch Out For

Signs that you or your loved one may be suffering from malnutrition include:

  • Bedsores
  • Canker sores
  • Depression
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fatigue
  • Recent dental problems
  • Red or glassy eyes
  • Thrush
  • Weight loss
  • White fingernails
  • Yellowing skin

If left untreated, malnutrition can lead to long term effects on the body, such as a weakened immune system, and may even lead to a tragic death. Malnutrition also increases the chance of fall injuries

How an Attorney Can Help

If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with or is showing signs of malnutrition while in nursing home care, a lawyer can inform you of your legal rights and whether you have a claim. Our legal team will immediately get to work on investigating your claim, negotiating or litigating a settlement, and helping to move you or your loved one to a safe environment.

Contact us now to learn more during a free, confidential, and no obligation case evaluation. Se habla Español.

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