Fecal impaction is a serious medical condition that most often affects the elderly. It occurs when a large, solid mass of stool becomes lodged in the colon or rectum, and it cannot pass naturally. Severe illness and even death can result from fecal impaction. Depending on the circumstances surrounding this condition and how it occurred, it may be an indication of negligence or misconduct at a nursing home or elder care center.
The New Orleans nursing home abuse lawyers at Garcia & Artigliere understand just how serious fecal impaction may be. We also understand what measures nursing home personnel should take to prevent impaction in the first place, and to treat it if it does occur.
Our team takes on cases involving:
- Failure to prevent constipation through proper diet, water intake, and medication
- Failure to treat constipation
- Inadequate monitoring bowel activities
- Improper use of laxatives
- Failure to seek immediate treatment for fecal impaction
If you want to discuss a case involving fecal impaction and its link to elder neglect, call (504) 608-4251 or contact us online. Your consultation is free! Se habla español.
Signs of Impacted Bowels & Preventative Measures
Caregivers at nursing homes and who provide in-home care to elderly patients should be aware of the signs of constipation and fecal impaction. They should take the right measures to prevent it and should seek immediate medical care if it occurs.
The following are potential signs of impacted bowels, which typically occur after an extended period of constipation:
- A leak or explosion of watery diarrhea
- Stool or diarrhea that leaks out upon coughing, laughing, or exertion
- Abdominal and/or back pain
- Swollen/distended abdomen
- Decreased or no urine
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased heartrate
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Nausea and vomiting
Our New Orleans nursing home abuse attorneys can help expose wrongdoing related to fecal impaction and can help you pursue financial compensation for resulting medical care, emotional trauma, and other injuries your loved one has experienced.
To arrange your free consultation with a knowledgeable legal professional, call (504) 608-4251. We serve New Orleans, Louisiana, and the entire U.S.