Malnutrition affects thousands - if not tens or even hundreds of thousands - of elders in nursing care around the country. If you suspect that a loved relative is not getting the nourishment that he or she needs to thrive, the Chicago personal injury lawyers here at Steven J. Malman & Associates may be able to assist you. For more than a decade and a half, we've dealt with complex nursing home care cases, and we've developed a powerful, systematic, and comprehensive approach to fight for the rights of injury victims.
Etiology of Elderly Malnutrition
Just because a senior does not appear to be getting enough nutrients in his or her diet doesn't necessarily mean that the nursing home staff should be blamed. An array of chronic diseases - including insulin resistance, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease -- can lead to wasting in certain individuals. Some malnourished elderly patients may be missing a single nutrient in the diet. Others may have chronic problems, such as type 1 diabetes, which prevent them from absorbing nutrients properly. Still others may not be receiving enough vitamin, mineral or antioxidant supplementation. A methodical investigation is often required to determine the root cause of the malnutrition.
What are Some Warning Signs of Malnourishment in the Elderly? Here is an Incomplete List:
- Significant diminishment of appetite
- Changes to the quality of skin or hair
- A swelling belly
- Retention of fluids in tissue (edema)
- Lack of energy, emotional or physical
- Inflamed eyelids/ glassy eyes
- Cracking of lips
- Swollen thyroid
- Disappearing taste buds
- Hair loss/wiry hair
- Strange food cravings
- Dull, yellow, or lusterless skin
- Tooth decay
- Reactive hypoglycemia
- Poor muscle tone
- Bleeding or swollen gums
If you notice these symptoms, it may behoove you to discuss possible legal remedies with our personal injuries attorneys in Chicago. Call Steven J. Malman & Associates, or browse www.malmanlaw.com to learn more about the different types of common elder abuse and to educate yourself about your potential legal and medical remedies.
Consultations are free, and we also provide a zero fee guarantee, so you need not invest any money upfront to bring a comprehensive case against the negligent party or parties.