Can Malnutrition & Dehydration Be Signs of Elder Abuse?

Can Malnutrition & Dehydration Be Signs of Elder Abuse?

As you may know, nursing home neglect is a rampant problem throughout the U.S. Statistics show that nearly 91% of all nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the country are severely understaffed. This, in part, may be the reason why so many cases of elder abuse and neglect are reported every year. So what can you do? First, it is important for you to be able to recognize the warning signs. While some indications of abuse may be more obvious than others (i.e. visible bruising, rapid weight loss or sudden changes in behavior), none should be ignored. If you suspect that you elderly loved one has been neglected or abused by their caretaker, you should not hesitate to speak with a Modesto personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Steven A. Fabbro.

One of the most common side-effects of caretaker neglect is malnutrition and/or dehydration. Both can be extremely dangerous, especially for the elderly, so you should not hesitate to seek compensation if you or someone you love has been mistreated; however, it is important to note that both dehydration and malnutrition can stem from conditions other than abuse. For this reason, it may be best to involve an attorney before pursuing legal action. In doing so, you can ensure that you have legitimate grounds to bring suit against the nursing home facility or its employees. When you trust in the Law Offices of Steven A. Fabbro to oversee your case, our firm can review the victim's medical records and investigate the living conditions that they have been subjected to.

When pursuing a case of this nature, our firm will attempt to show that the nursing home has failed to:

  • Provide adequate amounts of food & water on a daily basis
  • Aid residents who have trouble eating or drinking on their own
  • Regularly supervise patients during meal and snack times
  • Treat patients who showed signs of malnutrition or dehydration
  • Monitor the side-effects of a patient's medications

If you or your elderly loved one has been subjected to any of these conditions, you should not hesitate to get in touch with a Modesto nursing home abuse attorney at the Law Offices of Steven A. Fabbro as soon as possible. With the help of our firm, you can seek compensation for the harm that you have suffered. Not only has our firm been awarded an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, but we have even been selected for inclusion in San Francisco's Top Rated Lawyers®. For this reason, you can trust that your case will be in capable hands. Call today at (209) 803-5117 for a free initial consultation or submit a free case evaluation form online.