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Malnutrition and elopement: nursing home litigation

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.

Elopement can occur when a resident wanders off while in the nursing facility. For some patients, constant supervision is required and should be provided by nurses and other staff. If an Alzheimer's or dementia patient wanders off, it may be related to negligence or lack of care.

When a West Virginia nursing home resident displays symptoms such as listlessness, bed sores, unexplained injuries, weight loss or depression, you may have grounds for an injury claim against the nursing home. The family of a malnutrition or elopement victim are entitled to fully explore grounds for a potential compensation claim by seeking a case evaluation. My team is experienced in nursing home abuse and neglectclaims, and we are ready to help you.

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