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It is not unusual for nursing home residents to suffer declining health due to advanced age and illness. But the nursing home negligence lawyers at Deratany & Kosner know that neglect by staff members can also affect the health of residents. One of the health effects of neglect seen among seniors in nursing homes is kidney failure.

Kidney failure can occur as a result of:


We all need water to function. But staff members may withhold water from nursing home residents as a means of punishment or control. Other times, they simply forget to provide residents with enough water. Without water, residents can quickly start to feel ill. They can begin to have headaches and muscle cramps. They may feel confused and listless. Breathing and heart rate will be affected. When dehydration becomes severe, it begins to affect kidney function. And before long, that can lead to kidney failure, which is life-threatening.


This can occur when nursing home residents develop infections that aren’t treated, such as an infected bedsore. The body releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight the infection. But these chemicals also affect other parts of the body, including internal organs. Blood flow is affected, and organs don’t receive enough oxygen and nutrients. If nursing home staff members don’t treat a resident’s infection, sepsis will set in. The resident’s health will decline, and kidney failure can result.

Medication errors

When nursing home staff members don’t administer medications properly, the resident can suffer serious health effects. If a resident is being treated for kidney disease, withholding medication can result in kidney failure. Some medications, such as medications used to treat osteoporosis, can cause kidney failure at high doses. It is common for seniors to take several medications at once. But the combination of some medications taken by mistake can greatly affect kidney function and lead to failure.

Untreated diabetes

Diabetes causes a buildup of blood glucose, which can damage the kidneys over time. Nursing home residents with diabetes can stay healthy with the proper treatment. But nursing home staff members may not give residents the diabetes medication they need, either mistakenly or on purpose. Left untreated, blood glucose levels will rise, and the resident can experience many health problems as a result. One of the more serious effects is kidney damage that can progress to kidney failure.

Nursing Home Neglect Is Not Acceptable

Nursing home staff members have a responsibility to take care of residents and take steps to keep them as healthy as possible. When they neglect that responsibility and a resident’s health suffers, they need to be held accountable. That’s where Deratany & Kosner can help.

We will be a relentless and passionate advocate for your loved one. We won’t rest until the neglect stops and your loved one gets better treatment. We can also take legal action to help you and your loved one recover damages.

Our attorneys have been fighting against nursing home neglect for more than 15 years. We know what it takes to build a strong case that proves negligence. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies and how to win against them in court.

If your loved one has experienced kidney failure as a result of nursing home neglect, call Deratany & Kosner at 800-529-7285. We offer a free case consultation with one of our attorneys.

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