We Take Action For Victims Of Nursing Home Dehydration
Food and water are some of the most basic things people need to live. For most of our lives, we take these needs for granted. Some residents of nursing homes, however, depend on others to make certain that they receive the proper amounts of water and food. Nursing homes are obligated to make certain that their residents do in fact receive proper levels of food and water.
The negative effects of malnutrition and dehydration are not always felt immediately. When a nursing home resident suffers from dehydration or malnutrition, it is usually the result of days or weeks of inattention and neglect. This conduct is intolerable. When someone suffers due to dehydration someone must be held to account. If your loved one has suffered injury due to dehydration and malnutrition, a lawyer can help your loved one receive appropriate compensation and answers.
The Glen Rock and Morristown law firm of Britcher Leone, LLC, represents nursing home residents who have suffered due to neglect. If your loved one has suffered from dehydration in a nursing home, we are here to help you explore your legal options.
The Consequences Of Dehydration And Malnutrition
Obviously, when any person fails to receive proper amounts of water or nutrients over an extended period of time, his or her overall health will suffer. In the worst cases, organ failure and wrongful death can result. For residents of nursing homes, however, these effects can be particularly serious. Individuals with mobility problems are also at a higher risk of suffering bedsores when they do not receive sufficient water. Most people in nursing homes take medication for various health conditions. In many cases, people need to drink proper amounts of water in order for the medication to achieve the desired result.
New Jersey, like many states across the country, has enacted the Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights. This law establishes a number of important rights for all residents of these facilities. If your loved one’s rights have been violated under this law, he or she may be able to recover punitive damages and attorneys’ fees in addition to compensatory damages. Further, a successful lawsuit can cause nursing homes to take steps to improve their processes and make a safer environment for everyone in their care.