Proper hydration is important for healthy skin and organs, healing, mental wellness, kidney function, and a host of other physiological and psychological reasons. Unfortunately, it is often a challenge for nursing home staff to get elderly residents to stay hydrated.
However, because of the duty of care that a nursing facility owes, staff members must still ensure that each resident is properly hydrated and healthy. If your loved one has suffered a worsened medical condition due to a lack of proper hydration, you might wish to seek legal recourse.
Because of the complex process involved in filing a claim, a lawyer who has experience pursuing cases based on dehydration in Michigan nursing homes could prove to be valuable. A compassionate attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. could explain your rights, answer your questions, and help you request compensation for your loved one’s damages.
Why Hydration is Important for the Elderly
While proper hydration is essential for every person, elderly nursing home residents are inherently at an increased risk for severe health problems when they are dehydrated. Specifically, a lack of hydration might lead to:
- Pressure ulcers
- Infections and sepsis
- Weakness leading to immobility
- Weight loss
- Renal failure
- Urinary tract infections
- Gastrointestinal problems and illnesses
- Falls and poor nutrition
Suffering any of these conditions will likely lead to medical bills, potential hospitalizations, pain, and in some cases, even death. If a nursing home fails to prevent a resident from becoming dehydrated, they might be deemed liable to provide compensation through a civil lawsuit.
Establishing Fault in a Care Facility
Under the Michigan Public Health Code, residents of nursing homes are owed a duty of care and personal safety by staff members and a facility’s rules and regulations. Therefore, the requirement to keep residents hydrated falls under these regulations.
As a result, a civil lawsuit could claim that a facility or staff member’s inability to properly hydrate a resident was the root cause of their injuries or worsened medical condition. This might arise if a nursing facility is understaffed, too busy, making assumptions, or failing to assess the overall condition of a resident.
However, actually demonstrating the root cause of dehydration in a Michigan nursing home for a civil lawsuit is often complex. To this end, anyone pursuing compensation on behalf of an elderly loved one might benefit from the counsel of a dedicated lawyer.
Legal Counsel After a Loved One Suffers Dehydration in a Michigan Nursing Facility
When you place your loved one in the care of a nursing facility, you hope they will be treated with respect. Unfortunately, dehydration in Michigan nursing homes is a common issue. As a result, you might wish pursue compensation to hold negligent staff members accountable if your loved one has incurred a worsened medical condition.
By enlisting a diligent lawyer at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., you could rest assured that a legal professional is going to fight to request the compensation you and your loved one deserve. To learn more, retain a knowledgeable attorney today.
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