Dehydration Injuries

Utah Nursing Home Dehydration Lawyers

Dehydration in Nursing Homes: Fighting for Justice

Dehydration and malnutrition can cause deadly health consequences for elders in senior care facilities. At Elder Care Injury, we understand the devastating consequences of nursing home abuse and neglect. Our injury attorneys focus solely on representing victims and their families who have suffered due to the negligence of nursing home facilities in Salt Lake County, Ogden, Provo, across Utah, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Idaho. 

One prevalent form of neglect in our work is dehydration among older adults residing in these institutions. The National Library of Medicine reported that dehydration in nursing homes is often caused by inadequate staffing and lack of resident supervision. If untreated, the unfortunate result of dehydration can be severe health complications and even life-threatening conditions.

If you believe your family member has suffered physical or mental harm due to negligence-based dehydration in a nursing home, we can help. Our accomplished legal team can advise, guide, and represent you in injury claims and lawsuits.

Consult a Utah nursing home dehydration attorney at Elder Care Injury free of charge by contacting us at (801) 997-5019

Dehydration as a Sign of Nursing Home Negligence

While dehydration can occur due to various factors, it can also serve as a clear indicator of nursing home negligence. When nursing home staff fail to provide adequate hydration and monitoring, they risk their residents’ health and safety. 

Signs of dehydration that may suggest negligence include:

  • Dry or cracked lips
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dark-colored urine
  • General weakness or fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Dry mouth
  • Canker sores

When dehydration becomes severe, it can lead to low blood pressure, disorientation, accelerated breathing, delirium, and confusion. 

Why are Older Adults Susceptible to Dehydration in Nursing Homes?

Various factors can contribute to the increased vulnerability of older adults to dehydration in nursing home facilities. 

As we age, our ability to sense thirst diminishes. Older adults may not feel thirsty even when their bodies require hydration. Many medications commonly prescribed to older adults also have diuretic effects that increase urine production, leading to fluid loss. 

Limited mobility can make it difficult for older adults to access water independently or request assistance from caregivers. Memory loss or cognitive decline can hinder an older adult’s remembering to drink water regularly. 

Understaffed nursing homes may struggle to provide sufficient monitoring and assistance with hydration for each resident. 

Health Issues Caused by Dehydration

Dehydration poses significant risks to the health and well-being of nursing home residents. Insufficient fluids can lead to concentrated urine, which increases the risk of developing urinary tract infection (UTI), a common problem among older adults.

Dehydration can contribute to the formation of kidney stones, causing severe pain and potential complications. Lack of hydration can result in painful muscle cramps, particularly distressing for older adults with limited mobility.

Finally, severe dehydration can lead to confusion, disorientation, and even delirium, making it challenging for nursing home residents to communicate their needs effectively.

How Our Law Firm Can Help Victims and Their Families

At Elder Care Injury, we seek justice for victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. Our experienced attorneys understand the complexities surrounding dehydration cases caused by nursing home negligence. 

We offer competent legal representation to clients in investigations, from examining nursing home records to interviewing witnesses and consulting with medical experts to build compelling cases. We aggressively pursue compensation that holds negligent parties accountable for their actions and omissions and secure the financial resources needed for compensatory medical care, pain and suffering, and more.

Furthermore, we strive to bring awareness about nursing home negligence that can advance changes within the industry to prevent similar incidents in the future. 

Contact Elder Care Injury at (801) 997-5019 for legal advice about your case. 

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    At our law firm, we have dedicated and compassionate attorneys who can help you or your loved one. We provide the following legal services:

    • Bed Sores
    • Pressure Ulcers
    • Slips, Trips, & Fall
    • Malnutrition
    • Dehydration
    • Poor Inspections
    • Medication Mistakes
    • Patient Elopement
    • Physical Assault
    • Sexual Assault
    • Bed to Wheelchair Transfer Injuries
    • Pneumonia & Aspiration Pneumonia
    • Infections
    • Wrongful Death
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    Unfortunately, the elderly are susceptible to some of the worst mistreatment of all U.S. citizens. Our experienced attorneys seek to bring justice for nursing home abuse victims and their families.

    Our litigators prepare every case for trial through an extensive investigation into the facts and circumstances; this work is done to uncover and expose the wrongdoing that has led to our client’s physical injury, neglect, emotional trauma, or financial harm, and loss of dignity, security, and respect. 

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    Our attorneys can help if you or a loved one has suffered nursing home abuse and neglect, whether physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, or financial. You can discuss your case with for law firm during a free consultation. We work diligently and quickly to help our clients seek justice.

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