Dehydration & Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits

Understanding the Effects of Dehydration

The body cannot survive without water. Dehydration occurs when an individual fails to consume enough water to maintain basic bodily functions and health. It is the duty of nursing home personnel to ensure that residents receive the water they need to not only survive, but remain healthy. Without it, residents will suffer devastating health complications and, in severe cases, death. Dehydration from nursing home neglect is more common than you might think and completely preventable.

How to identify elderly dehydration:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Decreased Urine
  • Fever
  • Constipation

Without enough water and nutrients, the body’s immune system may fail. This can lead to serious illness and wrongful death, depending on the unique medical needs and concerns of the resident. The medical consequences of dehydration are difficult to reverse, even if the nursing home resident is given water. After suffering dehydration, the brain attempts to store water. If this happens rapidly, it will begin to swell, rupturing brain cells and causing additional problems.

The consequences of chronic dehydration include:

  • Coma
  • Kidney Failure
  • Seizures
  • Death

Without water, the kidneys cannot remove waste from the blood stream. Over time, built-up waste can lead to kidney failure. Additionally, extensive dehydration may cause muscle spasms, muscle contractions, and seizures. These symptoms are linked to chronic dehydration cases and result in death when unattended.

Take the Next Step – Contact Baron & Budd

Baron & Budd is one of the oldest and most reputable plaintiff’s firms in the United States. With our lawyers on your side, you can have confidence that we will exhaust every available resource to get the justice your loved one deserves. If your loved one sustained abuse or neglect, such as dehydration, our nursing home abuse lawyers are ready to provide the aggressive legal representation you need.

To learn more about our legal options, call our office and schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation regarding your case.

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