Dehydration & Malnutrition in Nursing Homes


The incidence rate of dehydration and malnutrition cases is also a critical indicator of the quality of a long-term nursing home facility. Hydration and nutrition are often at the heart of many claims, as a resident who is dehydrated will be confused and lethargic, leading to greater immobility and thus a greater risk for the development of pressure ulcers. Further, a resident who has become nutritionally compromised does not have the same nutritional stores necessary to promote healing from injuries.

If you believe your loved one has been harmed due dehydration and malnutrition at their nursing home facility, legal action may be called for. At Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, P.A., we have been partnering with individuals and families who have suffered at the hands of others for more than three decades. We’re ready to assess the details of your dehydration/malnutrition claim and ensure every legal avenue toward holding the responsible parties accountable is thoroughly explored.

We’re ready to stand with your family at this critical time. Call us at (850) 222-2000 today to start exploring your legal options.


Malnutrition and dehydration are often just one facet of another injury or malady a nursing home resident is facing. Unfortunately, it is often the case that the malnutrition and dehydration are only discovered after another incident/diagnosis occurs.

Types of claims rooted in nutrition and hydration include:

  • Poor wound healing
  • Decreased immune function
  • Increased risk for pressure ulcers
  • Increased functional dependence
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Weakness (leading to falls)
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) or urosepsis

It is remarkably common to investigate a claim where a resident has a fall that results in a broken bone and the hospital staff treating the emergent broken bone discovers the resident is also suffering from a UTI and dehydration. While weight loss is not always an indication of malnutrition, it is generally accepted that one who experiences a weight loss of 5% body weight within 30 days, 7.5% within 90 days or 10% within 180 days needs to have the cause of the weight loss investigated, and appropriate nutritional interventions taken.

Our Tallahassee nursing home neglect lawyers are ready to answer your questions and assess your claim. Contact us today to request a free case evaluation.


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