Administering proper nutrition to nursing home residents is one of the key roles of caregivers and healthcare providers. When healthcare professionals fail to fulfill this duty, they put patients at risk of malnutrition. The ill-effects of malnutrition can manifest in many ways. Most of the consequences of malnutrition amplify in patients who have health conditions and specific dietary needs. Without the proper vitamins and minerals in their diet, it is all too easy for an elderly patient’s health to decline rapidly.
If you or a loved one experienced malnutrition due to a nursing home’s abuse or neglect, then you may be eligible to recover financial awards. An Austin malnutrition lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will stand up for justice on behalf of you and your loved ones. You will not have to worry about paying any upfront costs or out-of-pocket fees because our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we take our fee from any settlement amount that we get for you. Our team can pursue justice on your family’s behalf, and we will continue our defense of you and your loved ones even when things get difficult. Our office team is available to speak to you about your situation today at (800) 842-6336.
Malnutrition and Nursing Home Abuse
When most people think of nursing home abuse, they tend to think of more obvious forms of abuse. Things like physical assault are easier to identify, and because of this, they often get most of the attention. However, more subtle forms of abuse and neglect, such as malnutrition, can have similar damaging effects on victims.
Nursing home caregivers and facilities have a responsibility to prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation. When an employee suspects an act of malpractice, they should report it as soon as possible. As the Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) Quality Monitoring Program shows, facility owners and employees who suspect that nursing home abuse may be taking place in their facility must report their suspicions. A failure to do so may not only result in continued abuse, but it can also cost a facility owner or employee their jobs and licenses.
An Austin malnutrition lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will represent your legal position as we establish a liable party and pursue any financial awards you may be owed for your pain and suffering. We believe that a perpetrator of nursing home abuse should be held liable for their misconduct and neglect, whether they are an institution or an individual. Our lawyers will keep you updated as we investigate your situation and pursue any financial awards that you may qualify to collect. Contact us today for more information.
Seeking Justice and Financial Awards for Nursing Home Abuse
Unfortunately, elder abuse and nursing home abuse are far more common than most people know. “Abuse, including neglect and exploitation, is experienced by about 1 in 10 people aged 60 and older who live at home. From 2002 to 2016, more than 643,000 older adults were treated in the emergency department for nonfatal assaults, and over 19,000 homicides occurred,” per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among the diverse forms of nursing home abuse, malnutrition often causes a variety of health complications.
A lawyer who focuses on malnutrition and other forms of nursing home abuse can work with you to establish a liable party. In some cases, the wanton acts of an individual caregiver may lead to a patient’s malnutrition. In other cases, a nursing home facility’s lack of proper employee training and monitoring may be to blame. Regardless of the source, a lawyer will investigate your situation’s details to determine who should be held responsible for the pain and suffering of you or your loved one.
A lawyer may collect various forms of evidence to assist in their investigation. Possible forms of evidence that a legal team may gather include:
- Medical records
- Patient charts
- Eyewitness testimonies
- Photographic evidence
- Surveillance and security camera footage
These forms of evidence and others serve a lawyer in their pursuit of justice. Once a lawyer establishes liability, they will pursue any financial awards that you may be owed. If another party is liable for a patient’s suffering, you may be able to collect awards for your healthcare costs, funeral expenses, and loss of companionship.
For a free legal consultation with a Malnutrition Lawyer serving Austin, call (800) 794-0444
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today
Malnutrition is a problem, especially when nursing home facilities and caregivers fail to care for you or a loved one properly. If the negligence or misconduct of another party caused your suffering, you should not be responsible for your healthcare costs and other damages. It is your legal right to seek a just outcome, even if it may seem challenging in light of your current hardships.
An Austin malnutrition lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will handle your case if you suspect that malnutrition or any other act of nursing home abuse or neglect harmed you or your loved one. Our team will not shy away, even when a case gets tough. We work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only take a fee from a settlement that we get for you. You pay no upfront fees. Our lawyers will keep you updated as we establish a liable party and go after any monetary awards that you may be owed. Pick up the phone and call our office today at (800) 842-6336 for more information on our services.