Hospital Malnutrition Compensation Claims

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by hospital malnutrition, we can help.

If your injuries were caused by the negligence of a doctor, nurse, midwife or other medical professional, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor

You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a specialist clinical negligence solicitor.

Your solicitor will ask you about what happened, and they will collect evidence to prove the negligence happened. Your solicitor will also work out how much money you can claim, based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses.

We can help you make a medical negligence claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

In this article

Introduction

There are approximately 3 million people in the UK who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. According to figures published by the British Medical Journal, malnutrition is on the increase.

Every year, thousands of patients are admitted to and dischared from hospital without their malnutritin being diagnised or treated. Hospitals have a duty of care to their patients and must ensure that patients get enough to eat and drink. This duty is not always fulfilled. In many cases it is the most vulnerable who are being failed by healthcare professionals, including children and the elderly.

What is malnutrition?

The NHS defines malnutrition as ‘poor nutrition'. The NHS also refers to ‘under nutrition' - when a person does not get enough nutrients, and ‘over nutrition' - when a person gets more nutrients than they need.

What are the consequences of malnutrition in hospitals?

Patients who are already suffering from poor health become even more vulnerable when they suffer from malnutrition while at hospital.

Solicitors have assisted with clinical negligence claims for the effects of malnutrition, including:

  • Significant weight loss, which can impede recovery from illness, and result in the patient acquiring other conditions or infections
  • Fatigue and general lack of energy, which can prevent the patient from engaging with treatment for the original condition
  • Weak muscles, which can restrict a patient's mobility
  • Poor or low mood, which can have many mental and physical implications, and can generally impede recovery

Why does malnutrition in hospitals occur?

Research suggests that hospital staff are often overworked and there are sometimes not enough nurses and auxiliaries to care for all patients. In addition, nurses are often burdened with administrative tasks and are not able to ensure that everyone in their care has enough to eat and drink.

Older people are sometimes provided with meals that they cannot physically reach, and the food is taken away uneaten. Others do not get enough time to finish their meals before they are removed.

What if I want to make a multi-party or group claim?

A multi-party claim (sometimes referred to as a 'group claim' or a 'class action') brought by a group of people who have sustained the same or similar injuries due to the negligence of the same defendant. How you start a multi-party claim will depend on the circumstances and we recommend you speak to a solicitor for more information.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor