Dehydration

Dehydration in nursing homes is entirely preventable, but still an unfortunately-common cause of injury, illness, and even death among elderly patients in nursing homes. If your loved one is suffering from dehydration due to the nursing home’s negligence, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Proper hydration is essential for the body to function properly, and this is especially true for elderly nursing home patients in order to maintain their immune systems, replenish energy, and fight infections. Nursing homes are responsible for ensuring that no patient ever goes without drinking water, and negligence which results in a patient’s dehydration leads to more lost lives than we may realize: between 1999 and 2002 alone, over 10,000 elderly patients died due to dehydration and malnutrition.

While inadequate staffing levels often result in higher rates of neglect in nursing homes, these facilities are still legally liable for negligence which results in a patient’s dehydration or malnutrition, be it abuse, neglect, or even failure to properly assess the patient’s needs and implement a specialized care plan. Some common signs of dehydration include:

  • Extreme thirst;
  • Chills;
  • Cracked skin;
  • Dark urine;
  • Dizziness/fatigue;
  • Dry mouth;
  • Dry or flushed skin;
  • Lost appetite.

Studies have shown that two common factors resulting in dehydrated patients in nursing homes are understaffing and inadequate professional supervision, either of which may qualify as negligence when it directly results in a patient’s suffering. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will ensure that the nursing home is held accountable and your loved one is fully compensated for the damages.

If your loved one is suffering from dehydration in a nursing home due to negligence, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation. We are a personal injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.