Lawsuits for Dehydration, Malnutrution and Nursing Home Maltreatment
Dehydration and malnutrition can be severely damaging to the elderly, especially if they are battling certain medical conditions. While some cases of dehydration and malnutrition that arise in nursing home residents can be the result of people forgetting to drink or eat (because, for instance, they are living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease), in other cases, these conditions can be signs that residents are being neglected or abused by nursing home staff (or others).
When neglect or abuse have contributed to serious cases of dehydration and malnutrition, the Denver nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Cristiano Law, LLC are ready to fight for injured people’s rights and hold the negligent parties responsible for their abusive or careless actions. We have been ardent advocates for abused and injured people for more than three decades, and we take pride in helping each of our clients obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.
How Neglect or Abuse Can Contribute to Dehydration and Malnutrition
Some of the specific ways in which neglect or abuse can give rise to serious dehydration and/or malnutrition include when nursing home staff:
- Fail to provide residents with food and/or water on a regular basis
- Fail to ensure that residents are eating and/or drinking (especially if these residents have cognitive impairments that may cause them to forget to do these things on their own)
- Fail to notice and properly respond to issues that patients may have with chewing or swallowing
- Fail to notice and treat signs of dehydration and malnutrition (and, consequently, allow these conditions to progress and cause more serious health complications)
- Fail to replace patients’ IV drips.
Such forms of neglect/abuse are more likely to occur when:
- Nursing homes are understaffed.
- Staff members have not been properly trained.
- Nursing homes fail to screen staff to ensure that they have the necessary credentials to be overseeing elderly residents’ medical needs.
Symptoms of Dehydration and Malnutrition
Given the fact that dehydration and malnutrition can be indications of nursing home abuse or neglect, it’s critical that families whose loved one are in these facilities are familiar with the symptoms of these conditions so they know when to intervene and get help for their loved ones.
Some of the specific signs of dehydration include:
- Extreme thirst
- Cracked skin on the hands and/or face
- Redness of the face
- Dark colored urine
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Chills and general malaise
- Lightheadedness, dizziness and disorientation
Some of the specific symptoms of malnutrition include:
- Sudden, significant weight loss
- Dizziness and disorientation
- Bleeding gums and tooth decay
- Malaise, fatigue and muscle loss
- Bloating of the abdominal region
- Dry skin.
The Denver Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers at Cristiano Law, LLC
If your loved one has been severely dehydrated or malnourished while staying in a nursing home, don’t hesitate to contact the Denver nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Cristiano Law, LLC. For more than three decades, our trusted lawyers have been committed to providing injured people with the highest quality of legal services, and we are ready to put our experience and resources to work for you.
Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, our Denver nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys will always stand up for our clients’ rights, will provide them with honest answers about their case and will work vigorously to help them secure the best possible outcomes to their important legal matters. When you choose the superior legal representation offered by the attorneys at Cristiano Law, LLC, you will be able to trust that your case is being handled with the respect and care it deserves and that you will have optimal chances of obtaining the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact Us for a Professional Case Evaluation
We encourage people whose loved ones may have been injured in nursing homes to attend an initial consult with one of our Denver nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers. In most cases, these initial consultations are free, and we can get a case started at no cost to our clients. To set up a meeting with one of our attorneys, call us at (303) 407-1777 or email us using the form on this page.
Evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience, and our attorneys can commute to your city or town to meet you to ensure that you get the legal help you need wherever you may need it.