Malnutrition & Dehydration Death Lawsuit Against Nursing Home in Monroe, MI

Our wrongful death nursing home lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. recently filed a lawsuit against a Monroe, Michigan nursing home for their failure to properly prevent and treat a resident for malnutrition and dehydration.  The lawsuit was filed under the Michigan Wrongful Death Statute on behalf of the residents family members and seeks damages for pain and suffering that the resident endured prior to her death.  In addition to damages, it also seeks monetary compensation for the surviving family members and the loss of her companionship due to her death.

Staff at a nursing home should be properly trained to prevent, treat, and recognize symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration in a resident.  If the facility fails to do so,  the residents have become a victim of abuse and it can give rise to a nursing home neglect lawsuit.  In this case, a 95-year-old resident was taking a medication that effected her appetite.  Due to the medication, the resident stopped eating and drinking, became weak and lethargic.  However, despite these changes, the nurses at the Monroe Michigan nursing home facility in which she was residing at failed to recognize nor report her changes in condition to a physician.  The staff also continued to administer the medication to the patient.  Due to the result of their negligence and failure to convey changes in the patients condition in order to prevent further injury, the patient was taken to a local Monroe hospital where she died from malnutrition and dehydration.

Dehydration and malnutrition can be the cause of side effects of medications and other medical problems.  However, when a patient suffers from these side effects, it is the responsibility of the nursing home staff to recognize and report condition changes.  Some of the most common signs of dehydration and malnutrition in nursing home residents include:

  • Weight loss
  • Muscle weakness
  • Less urine output (more…)

Dehydration in Michigan Nursing Home Residents

Our Michigan nursing home neglect attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire P.Chandle cases on behalf of patients who suffer injuries from dehydration in Michigan nursing home, assisted care facility or hospital. These can be fatal conditions, particularly for the elderly. Dehydration can be a sign that a patient has been neglected by the nursing home staff.  Dehydration occurs when a person experiences an abnormal loss of water from the body, which can be the result of illness or physical exertion.

Severe dehydration in the elderly can be fatal and is a common reason for hospitalization. Elderly residents have less fluid content in the body, about 10 percent less than that of an adult who in under the age of 65.  This is one of the main factors that elderly are at an increased risk of dehydration.  Other factors include: physiological changes associated with aging, like reduced sense of thirst and loss of appetite.

Signs of Dehydration in Resident at Michigan Nursing Home

Dehydration in the elderly can be the cause of side effects of medications and other medical problems, like high blood sugar, diarrhea, vomiting, heat, heat stroke, infections, and at times, exercise. Often, the signs of dehydration are mild and vague. They are more or less similar to dementia and Alzheimer’s symptoms. However, dehydration can also be the cause of the nursing home staff failing to take proper care of the resident. Following are some of the common signs of dehydration in nursing home residents.

 

  • Confusion
  • Muscle weakness
  • Constipation
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Fever
  • Pneumonia
  • Disorientation
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Tachycardia
  • Weight loss
  • Dry and poor elasticity skin
  • Less urine output
  • Increased heart rate
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Increased infections (more…)

Malnutrition in Michigan Nursing Home Residents

Our nursing home neglect attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. handle cases on behalf of residents who suffer injuries from malnutrition in Michigan nursing home. These can be deadly conditions, especially for the elderly. Malnutrition can be a sign that a patient has been neglected by the nursing home staff and facility.  It occurs when a resident receives inadequate nutrition or unbalanced nutrition.

Around one third of the 1.6 million nursing home residents in the United States may suffer from malnutrition conditions that can aggravate or cause more serious medical problems, even death. A recent study states, “Much of this problem could be alleviated by increasing the number of overall staff and trained professional nurses at nursing homes so they can make sure residents are getting enough to eat and drink.”  The Michigan nursing home is responsible for ensuring that the resident receives the proper nutrition.  When a resident suffers injuries due to malnutrition, it can give rise to a Michigan nursing home neglect lawsuit.

Malnutrition in Michigan Nursing Home Residents Can Cause Serious Health Problems

Malnutrition is not just limited to having a sufficient amount to eat. Malnutrition also means that a person is not getting a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals into the body. This can lead to a variety of serious, even deadly health problems to a resident in a Michigan nursing home. Some of these serious health problems are listed below.

  Confusion and memory loss

  • Weakness, resulting in immobility, falls , bedsores, and pneumonia
  • Inability to fight off sickness
  • Inability to recover from an existing illness
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Impairment of organ function
  • Infection
  • Anemia
  • Death
  • Dehydration

Nursing care facilities must have attentive staff members to prevent residents from becoming malnourished.  When a patient is documented as being at risk for malnourishment, preventative measures should be taken to avoid malnourishment.  The failure to prevent these conditions and then treat them before they become too severe is often due to negligence and can give rise to a Michigan nursing home neglect lawsuit. (more…)

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