Elderly Dehydration Abuse in Sacramento
Causes of Dehydration
Elder abuse is always shocking. It can be a very angering and confusing experience when a family learns of the abuse that their loved one is suffering. One kind of abuse that an elderly person may be subjected to is dehydration, which can result from a lack of provided fluids or even a lack of encouragement to drink enough liquids. Elderly persons may not realize that they are becoming dehydrated and may therefore fail to drink enough water or other beverages unless their caretakers encourage them to do so. This is an example of a lack of proper care. The Sacramento elderly dehydration attorney at Newman Law Group LLP can help you bring a case against the nursing home if your loved one has been abused.
Signs of Dehydration Abuse
Dehydration can cause a number of different symptoms including the following:
- Decreased urination
- Skin problems
The moment you suspect that your loved one is suffering dehydration due to elder abuse, consult with our Sacramento elder abuse lawyer from Newman Law Group LLP. Your chances of winning the highest possible payout can increase with a skilled representative on your side. A member of our legal team could review your case and let you know what our seasoned attorney could do for you and your loved one.
Call Newman Law Group LLP at (916) 900-1114 to schedule a consultation with our lawyer today.
Dangers of Elderly Dehydration
Dehydration among the elderly who reside in nursing homes often occurs alongside malnutrition. The combination of these two forms of abuse can have deadly consequences. However, even dehydration on its own is enough to cause significant health problems, especially when this condition goes on for an extended period of time. There are many elderly persons who end up in the hospital as a direct result of dehydration. In severe cases, dehydration can even lead to death.
Some of the most common dangers of dehydration in the elderly include:
- Difficulty in walking
- Rapid heart rate
- Brain swelling
- Kidney failure
- Urinary tract infection
Proving Negligence in an Elderly Dehydration Lawsuit
If your loved one suffered from dehydration in a nursing home and required medical treatment or hospitalization, you should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit to pursue compensation for the losses incurred. To recover compensation, you will need to prove that the nursing home failed to uphold their duty of care to your family member, specifically in relation to ensuring they were getting enough liquids.
Our elder abuse attorney can help you build a case against the nursing home by gathering pertinent evidence. Such evidence may include a record that indicates that the facility was understaffed and that this led to your loved one’s dehydration. The nursing home could try to argue that the dehydration was not their fault, but occurred because of some factor outside of their control, like an individual’s illness. In such scenarios, we may be able to use a medical record, as well as expert opinions, to prove negligence.
Contact a Sacramento elderly dehydration lawyer today. With our help, you could fight for justice and rightful compensation.
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