Bedsores and Dehydration

Bed Sores · Falls · Medication Errors · Wrongful Death

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Attorney for Bedsores and Dehydration

If your loved one develops a bed sore, you will want to know how it happened. Unfortunately, it is unlikely a nursing home will be forthcoming with such information because, with proper care, most bed sores are entirely avoidable. Bed sores are caused by unrelieved pressure on the body. However, other factors including dehydration can also play a significant part in bed sore development and deterioration. If a resident is not properly hydrated, the chances of the resident developing a bed sore is significantly increased.


Bedsores and Dehydration: A Nursing Home’s Failure

Philadelphia / PA or NJ nursing home residents depend upon staff members to provide them adequate amounts of fluids so that they do not become dehydrated. Many times residents cannot provide fluids to themselves and they depend upon staff members to take the time to provide them sufficient water and other fluids.  It is the duty of the nursing home to determine which residents need assistance with fluid intake and to ensure all residents hydration needs are met. This is particularly important for those residents at risk of developing a bed sore. Poor fluid intake leads to dehydration which can make the skin more vulnerable to wounds.


Dehydration, Bed Sores and Short-Staffed Nursing Homes

Many Philadelphia / Pennsylvania and New Jersey nursing homes are owned by large for-profit corporations. The nursing home’s corporate owners are focused on making their nursing home profitable. At times, corporate owners cut their nursing home staffing to dangerously low levels in order to keep costs down and business profits up. This directly impacts the care residents receive and place nursing home residents at risk of nursing home abuse and neglect. 

When a Philadelphia / PA or NJ nursing home is short-staffed, elderly nursing home residents suffer neglect. It takes time to keep residents properly hydrated. If a nursing home is short-staffed, proper hydration needs cannot be met and vulnerable nursing home residents become dehydrated. As a result of this type of nursing home neglect, residents who are at risk of bed sore development can develop severe wounds. Bedsore development of dehydrated residents is a common sign of neglect found in Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing homes.

You should know that the nearly all bed sores that develop at Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing homes are avoidable if proper pressure relief and proper hydration is provided.


Nursing Homes Do Not Have Good Excuses

Nursing homes will never take responsibility for the development and/or deterioration of a bed sore. Instead, nursing homes commonly make efforts to convince family members that the bed sore was the result of factors beyond the control of the nursing home staff. It is common for Philadelphia / PA and NJ nursing home care providers to  point to the resident’s age and/or  medical conditions as the reasons for the bed sore. However, you should not be too quick to believe this. Most bed sores are avoidable when proper skin care and hydration is provided.


Bed Sores and Dehydration are Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Nearly all bed sores suffered by residents in Philadelphia / Pennsylvania and New Jersey nursing homes can be prevented. Do not permit neglectful nursing homes to make excuses. Bed sores are much less likely to develop if a resident is provide pressure relief and a sufficient amount of fluids.  Only in very rare circumstances will a bed sore be considered medically unpreventable.


You Should Speak With an Experienced Nursing Home / Bedsore Attorney

Philadelphia / New Jersey nursing home abuse and neglect attorney, Brian P. Murphy, has extensive experience litigating nursing home neglect cases involving dehydration and bed sore development. Mr. Murphy is well-versed on the issues that arise in bed sore / dehydration lawsuits including the defenses nursing homes attempt to make.  Mr. Murphy has had great success filing bed sore lawsuits against neglectful nursing homes.  Call Mr. Murphy today to discuss your case.

Take a moment to read Mr. Murphy’s testimonials page and see what his former clients have to say.

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