West Palm Beach Nursing Home Dehydration and Malnutrition Lawyer
Can dehydration & malnutrition be signs of neglect?
Although there are a number of reasons why an elderly nursing home resident may suffer from dehydration and/or malnutrition—including debilitating medical conditions, medicinal side effects, dental discomfort, physical disabilities, etc.—it is also true that these symptoms can be the end-result of caretaker negligence. For this reason, you should not ignore the warning signs if you suspect that your loved one's diminished physical health has been caused by nursing home abuse or neglect. With the help of a West Palm Beach personal injury attorney from The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A., you can investigate the level of treatment that your elderly loved one has received and pursue legal action if necessary.
Understanding a Nursing Home's Responsibilities
When placing your loved one under the care of a nursing home in Florida, you would expect them to receive nothing less than the required level of attention. Unfortunately, this is not always true. In some cases, caretakers may neglect to provide residents with even the most basic of necessities—including food, water and medication. In fact, numerous lawsuits have been brought against negligent housing facilities and their employees after they have failed to:
- Provide sufficient food and water on a regular basis
- Assist residents who need help eating or drinking
- Treat patients suffering from dehydration/malnutrition
- Supervise patients during meal and snack times
- Provide residents with nutritious meal options
- Monitor the side effects of a patient's medications
- The Symptoms of Malnutrition and Dehydration
If you are unsure of whether or not your elderly loved one has been affected by caretaker neglect, it is highly recommended that you discuss your case with the West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm. Once The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. has had the opportunity to review your case, we can more thoroughly examine the victim's medical records and look for signs of dehydration and/or malnutrition. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Notable weight loss
- Muscle weakness & fatigue
- Unusual loss of energy
- Skin dryness / hair stiffness
- Increased irritability
- Increased risk of infection
- Extremely dry mouth
- Decreased output of urine
- Dizziness & lightheadedness
- Lack of sweating
- Rapid breathing / heartbeat
- Low blood pressure
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If you believe that you or someone you love has been mistreated by a negligent nursing home facility, you should not hesitate to get in touch with The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. as soon as possible. When you contact our office at (800) 690-7868 or submit a free case evaluation form online, our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer's advice won't cost you a thing. For this reason, there should be nothing stopping you from taking the first step today.