When a nursing home resident suffers from malnutrition or other forms of neglect, there are legal options available for the family. It is frustrating and tragic when an elderly West Virginia resident suffers under the care of a professional nursing staff, but a family should take action by reaching out for assistance from a nursing home litigation attorney as soon as possible. Victims of malnutrition, elopement (wandering away) and neglect do not have to suffer alone.
When a family places their loved one in the care of a nursing facility, it is with the expectation that the staff will provide adequate supervision, medication and health care. However, when facilities fail to provide a certain level of care, the results can range from exacerbated illnesses to death. Malnutrition can occur when a resident is not provided with the nutrients needed, either through diet or medication. Elderly patients are especially susceptible to this as they may be unable to speak up when they need assistance.