Chicago Malnutrition and Dehydration Attorneys

When you have a family member who lives in a nursing home, you naturally think a lot about their emotional comfort. Even if they have been in a location for a while, you want to be sure that they are always happy and content. It is natural to focus on your loved one’s emotions, rather than their physical health, since we trust that nursing homes are consistently monitoring their health and caring for their bodies. Tragically, nursing homes often fail to live up to the trust we have for them. Nursing home residents can suffer cruelly from short- and long-term physical consequences when they are neglected.

Negligence and abuse can go undetected for long stretches since we confidently assume that these establishments will take care of our loved ones. Some of the most subtle forms of abuse, malnutrition and dehydration, can cause truly devastating damage to a person’s health. The malnutrition and dehydration attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC understand that investigating, identifying, and handling nursing home negligence can feel overwhelming for an individual who just wants the best for their family member. Thankfully, you do not have to go through this stressful process alone. Our committed legal team is ready to help you protect your loved one and their rights.

Some Causes of Malnutrition and Dehydration

Malnutrition and dehydration can be tricky for an average person to recognize initially. You might shrug it off when your loved one suddenly gets dizzy or when they start to tire easily. Concluding that your loved one is suffering from neglect or abuse can be even more difficult. After all, what if they simply decided not to eat as much? Is the nursing home legally liable for that?

The answer is relatively clear. The law specifies that nursing homes have a solemn obligation to look after the physical and mental health of their residents. That means they need to make sure that your loved one’s nutritional needs are being met. They might be held legally accountable even if the malnutrition or dehydration seemed to be an accident or beyond their control. Some causes of malnutrition and dehydration for which the nursing home could still be responsible include:

  • A resident refusing to eat because of decreased appetite due to illness or medication
  • Understaffing
  • A resident refusing to eat because of tooth, jaw, or gum pain
  • Clerical errors
  • A resident refusing to eat because of body image issues
  • Unappetizing food or food of poor quality

These are just a few of the possible causes of malnutrition and dehydration in nursing homes. You can hold these establishments legally responsible if they fail to attend to your loved one’s health properly.

Contact Us

If you suspect that a nursing home resident close to you is a victim of malnutrition or dehydration, you need immediate legal counsel. The passionate nursing home abuse attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC believe that your loved one is entitled to the very best care, and we are ready to help you take the next step in protecting their health and their rights. Call us at (312) 346-8620 to speak to a skilled legal professional about the specifics of your loved one’s case.