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Chicago Malnutrition in Nursing Home Lawyer

DuPage County Nursing Home Malnutrition Attorney

Injury Attorney for Victims of Malnutrition in Nursing Homes in Chicago, IL

When we put our aging loved ones in a nursing home or assisted living facility, we have a right to expect that they will be well taken care of. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In many nursing facilities, patients are not receiving the nourishment they need to stay healthy. When a patient is suffering from malnutrition, it can lead to bed sores, infections, falls, fractures, and a wide range of other health problems.

At Schwartz Injury Law, we have seen virtually every issue that may arise in a nursing home setting. Some of the most common types of elder abuse we run into are malnutrition and dehydration. When we see these issues occurring, our nursing home team goes to work immediately to gather all the important facts and pieces of evidence, so we can hold those responsible for this type of negligence fully accountable. We have in-depth knowledge of this area of the law, and we have the experience, resources, and dedication to provide the skilled representation our clients deserve.

Malnutrition in Illinois Nursing Homes

Malnourishment among nursing home patients is often the result of inadequate staffing, and it can be a sign of more widespread negligence and abuse. Many patients have vitamin deficiencies and specific dietary needs because of their age or health condition. Oftentimes, staff members will use the condition of the patient as an excuse, claiming it is their fault they are not getting the proper nutrition. Alzheimer's and dementia patients, for example, are at greater risk for malnutrition because the staff is either unwilling or unable (due to shortages) to take the time necessary to ensure the patient eats properly.

There are several warning signs that a patient may be suffering from malnutrition. These include:

  • Lack of energy/fatigue
  • Dizziness/confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Inability to perform routine functions
  • Difficulty with concentration/focus
  • Sudden and/or unexpected weight loss
  • Tooth decay
  • Bleeding gums
  • Muscle loss
  • Depression or mood swings

If you notice any of these or other signs of nursing home malnutrition, report the facility to the Illinois Department of Public Health by calling 800-252-4343. Once you have reported what is happening, talk to us about your legal options.

Speak with a Seasoned Cook County Nursing Home Malnutrition Lawyer

Malnutrition is a subtle form of abuse that occurs over an extended period of time. For this reason, these types of cases can be more complex and challenging to prove. Schwartz Injury Law has helped countless nursing home abuse and neglect victims secure large verdicts and settlements when they have been mistreated at an elder facility. We know the important signs to look for, and we understand what it takes to prevail against even the most well-funded adversaries. For a free consultation with our office, contact us today at 312-535-4625. We serve clients in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Winnebago County, and throughout Illinois.

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