Potential Dangers of Dehydration

Illnesses and accidents that may not have a major impact on younger adults can be life-threatening when they are sustained by elderly individuals. For example, elderly individuals are especially susceptible to the effects of dehydration due to the body’s reduced ability to conserve water, a thirst sense that becomes less acute over time, and a decrease in the body’s ability to respond to changes in temperature. So, when you entrust the care of your loved one to a nursing home that subsequently allows your loved one to become endangered by dehydration, you may be feeling particularly frustrated. If your loved one has been neglected by nursing home staff in the Austin area, an attorney at Hotze Runkle may be able to help you seek both justice and compensation.

Risks Caused by Dehydration

When an elderly individual suffers from severe dehydration, he or she is at risk for a number of medical issues, such as the following:

  • Seizures
  • Heat injuries
  • Brain swelling
  • Shock
  • Kidney failure
  • Death

In addition to the above risks, individuals with preexisting conditions such as diabetes or dementia will see those conditions exacerbated by a lack of water.

Contact an Austin Nursing Home Malpractice Attorney

You have every reason to want the best treatment and care for your elderly loved one, so nursing home employees who take advantage of their residents should see their despicable behavior punished. If you have a loved one in a nursing home who has been neglected or abused in any way, call the Austin attorneys at Hotze Runkle immediately at (877) 919-0830 to let us get to work seeking justice for you and your family today.