While most of us take the ability to get up and get a drink whenever we’re thirsty for granted, the reality is that for many nursing home residents, having limited mobility or being bedridden can make this simple task impossible. As a result, it is up to nursing home staff members to ensure that each and every resident is getting sufficient fluids and nutrition throughout each day. If regular hydration does not occur, then residents are at risk for dehydration.
Dehydration occurs when an individual has suffered an excessive loss of bodily fluid, such that he or she loses more than three percent of his or her body weight in a very short period of time. This can result from a lack of hydration, illness, or the side effects of some medications. In the case of an elderly person, it can be physiological changes due to aging that also can contribute to dehydration.
In many cases, low staffing levels or the inattention of staff can easily lead to dehydration and a host of other medical problems for elderly residents who already may be vulnerable to illness and infection. When a resident is unable to maintain his or her own hydration, he or she has no choice but to rely on nursing home staff for help. If staff is negligent in paying attention to the residents’ needs, then any resident who is injured as a result of dehydration or any other consequence of neglect may have a valid legal claim for damages.
At Boller & Vaughan, we are dedicated to protecting the rights to those who have been wrongfully injured. We have the experience and knowledge to investigate your case, explore your options, and pursue any legal claims that you may have. Contact your Wisconsin nursing home neglect attorneys today at (608) 268-0268 and set up your free consultation today.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.