Pursuing Malnutrition And Dehydration Claims

Malnutrition and dehydration are among the most common causes of illness and death among patients in nursing home care. The reasons behind this phenomenon are complex and varied.

A common explanation offered by nursing homes is that patients refuse to take liquids or food. By saying this, they put the blame for the patient's injuries on the patient, who may have been incapacitated and unable to care for him or herself.

In reality, there may have been much the health care provider could have done to prevent malnutrition or dehydration from happening.

FIGHTING FOR RIGHTS On Behalf Of Elderly And Vulnerable Nursing Home Patients

Williams Newman Williams PLLC is a Jackson, Mississippi, law firm that is dedicated to defending the safety and rights of elderly and vulnerable patients of nursing homes, hospitals and at-home care providers. Our experienced malnutrition and dehydration lawyers hold these entities — as well as physicians, nurses and health care aides — responsible for the injuries they cause to our clients. We help them obtain the maximum compensation available to them, through intensive litigation and negotiation.

While it is true that elderly and incapacitated people may lose appetite and sensation of thirst naturally, there is much that nursing homes and other health care providers can do to ensure their patients are adequately fed and hydrated. As your attorneys, we can investigate the conditions of your loved one's care and determine what could have been done to prevent his or her dehydration or malnutrition.

Elder Abuse Attorneys Who Ask The Right Questions

Questions for which our law firm can seek answers:

  • Was the patient denied food or water as punishment?
  • Was the patient's refusal and/or inability to eat or drink reported to a supervising physician?
  • Was the patient incontinent and denied food or water to limit soiling of clothes or bathroom trips?
  • If the patient refused water or food, were intravenous alternatives considered or administered?
  • Was the patient's treatment indicative of a larger pattern of abuse?

Your Loved One's Health Is The Nursing Home's Responsibility

Ultimately, if a patient is in the care of a nursing home, it is the nursing home's responsibility to ensure the patient is cared for. It is not the patient's responsibility, or the responsibility of the patient's loved ones. Remember, you are paying a lot of money for the care your loved one receives. As such, you have a right to expect the best possible treatment.

Retain our attorneys, and we will strive to demonstrate where negligence occurred. We will do everything possible to get you the jury award or settlement needed to teach negligent health care providers a lesson while compensating your loved one for pain and suffering, disfigurement and disability damages, and the health care and rehabilitation required to bring him or her back to health.

If your loved one died as a result of malnutrition or dehydration at a nursing home or in another health care environment, we can pursue wrongful death damages to cover your loved one's outstanding medical bills, funeral and burial costs, and to compensate for your loss of companionship.

Contact Williams Newman Williams PLLC For A Free Consultation

For more information, contact us online or by calling 601-208-0343, or 800-558-4208 toll free. Williams Newman Williams PLLC offers a free initial consultation for each prospective client. We accept payment by contingency, which means you will not owe us attorney fees unless we collect compensation for you.