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Spotting the Signs of Malnutrition

As our loved ones age, some may require a high level of ongoing care that it is impossible to provide at home due to the availability of family members or the prohibitive costs of professional in-home care. In such situations, many families choose to take advantage of the services offered by nursing homes, which provide the complete care necessary to ensuring the health and happiness of their residents. Unfortunately, the negligent actions of some nursing home employees result in a failure to meet residents’ nutritional needs, causing them to suffer unduly.

Malnutrition is a very real threat in poorly run or supervised nursing homes, as caretakers either fail to provide adequate nutrition or fail to ensure that meals are eaten. If someone you love has suffered from the negligence or abuse of a nursing home employee, our Madison malnutrition attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. may be able to help you to recover the compensation you need for your losses. Call today at 800-242-2874 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

What to Look for

The signs of malnutrition can be difficult to detect at first, but will become progressively worse as the problem continues. Being able to identify the physical indicators of starvation is essential, as the victims of abuse are often unable to communicate their condition effectively and are sometimes not aware of the problem at all. The following are a few common warning signs:

  • Loss of hair
  • Significant weight loss
  • Cracked skin around the mouth
  • Pale skin, especially lack of color in the lips and around the mouth
  • Sunken eyes

These subtle signs can help you identify a serious problem that can quickly become life threatening and should be addressed immediately.

Contact Us

At Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., our Madison malnutrition lawyers are committed to helping the victims of nursing home negligence and abuse recover the compensation they may be entitled to for their medical expenses and other losses. To learn more about your legal options, call today at 800-242-2874.