Justia Lawyer Rating
Super Lawyers
BBB Rating A+
Avvo Rating 10.0
Consumer Attorneys California
AV Preeminent

Dehydration and Malnutrition

Some studies suggest that one-third of the approximate two million nursing home residents in the U.S. suffer from dehydration or malnutrition, a problem that has been described by some researchers as a silent epidemic. Our San Diego nursing home negligence lawyers have seen these cases arise all too often.

Causes of dehydration or malnutrition in the nursing home setting are many, but frequently include:

  • Fluid losses due to illness such as diarrhea, flu, or infections.
  • The side effects of certain medications.
  • The simple failure of the resident to be given adequate fluids or food.
  • An age-related decrease in thirst or hunger sensation.

Dehydration or malnutrition can be a particular problem with the memory-impaired, such as those suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia.  If there is a change in the health of the resident, the facility must consider how that change might impact the resident's nutritional status, and amend the care plan accordingly.

In San Diego and elsewhere in California, nursing homes have a duty to provide an individual plan of care for every resident, which includes a risk assessment for dehydration and malnutrition.  The plan must provide for sufficient nourishment to maintain good health, and must be updated on a regular basis.  The failure maintain adequate nutrition, it is well know, can lead to a variety of serious medical conditions, including death, and can expose a nursing home to legal liability in a claim brought by a knowledgeable injury lawyer.

The attorneys at Walton Law Firm have successfully prosecuted San Diego nursing homes and other care facilities in cases involving dehydration and malnutrition. If you have questions about dehydration or malnutrition please submit your confidential question online, or call Walton Law Firm for a free and private consultation with an attorney. We can be reached toll free at 866-607-1325 or locally at (760) 607-1325.

Southern California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog - Dehydration
Client Reviews
"Walton Law Firm was amazing. Very professional, but personal. Having a lawyer to make sure that everything is taken care of removed so much stress." - Wayne G., Encinitas
"After my husband was killed in a motorcycle accident, Randy was there from the moment I first called." - Suzanne S., Escondido
"Calling Randy was the best decision I could have made. He got me an excellent settlement that covered all my medical bills and put a sizable chunk of money in my pocket." - Erik S., San Marcos
"Truly as good as it gets, if not beyond great, for Randy Walton and his paralegal Sarah Earnest. He and she are both incredibly dedicated to what they do and I never felt I couldn't trust him." - Natalie T., Lake Elsinore
"Randy is a great lawyer and a better person. He went above and beyond the call of duty to reach a settlement in my case. He believed in my case when no one else did." - David C., San Diego