Last week on the blog we discussed dehydration, its effect on the elderly and how nursing home neglect can contribute to the dangers associated with dehydration. This is a serious issue, and is one that should not be taken lightly. However, the tragic reality is that, in addition to dehydration, there are many other health risks that could present themselves when nursing home staff negligently care for their residents.
Malnutrition, for example, can be just as dangerous. Individuals who are not fed enough in their nursing home could lose weight and be so malnourished that they fall into a coma. Some could even die as a result. To ensure that patients are adequately fed, nursing home staff need to ensure they properly monitor their residents. They need to keep accurate records of when residents are fed and any issues with feeding and report to medical professionals if a patient will not eat or is losing significant weight.
This is just one example of the many problems that can arise in the nursing home setting. Residents may also be subjected to medication errors, nursing home abuse and bedsores. When an individual falls victim to any of these conditions, he or she may have to receive extensive medical attention, which can be quite costly. Additionally, he or she may have suffered extensive emotional trauma with which it can be difficult to cope.
The law firm of Konicek & Dillon is deeply troubled by instances of nursing home neglect and we take pride in helping victims impose liability on those responsible for the neglect. We fight to recover compensation on our clients' behalf so that they can find financial relief and peace of mind. Though we cannot guarantee any particular outcome in a given case, we can say that every case receives the diligent analysis it deserves.