One of the most important responsibilities of nursing home staff is making sure that residents receive the proper medication. Many elderly residents may need several different medicines at many different times of the day. Nurses and other healthcare professionals are in charge of administering these drugs as directed by the patient’s doctor. However, sometimes nursing home negligence can result in medication errors. These errors can cause serious internal injuries and even wrongful death.
If a medication error in a nursing home harmed your loved one, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for his or her injuries. Our team of Washington DC nursing home attorneys has been helping victims of elder abuse and neglect for over 30 years. We can help you determine whether nursing home neglect or medical malpractice caused the medication error. Call our office in Washington, D.C., Fairfax, Virginia or Greenbelt, Maryland today to see if you have a case.
Medication errors are rarely a matter of a patient receiving the wrong medicine, although that can happen. Most often, the error is something less extreme but possibly just as deadly. Many medications, for example, come with specific instructions about when and how they should be taken. When a nursing home staff member neglects these instructions, the elderly patient may develop dangerous or even fatal side effects. Common types of medication errors in nursing homes include:
The reason for the occurrence of medication errors is often nursing home neglect or understaffing. Nursing home staff members may be distracted, inattentive or miscommunicate with one another when relaying important patient information. Nursing homes are also frequently understaffed, and excessive workloads may make employees more likely to neglect proper medication distribution.
An error in medication can be devastating to an elderly patient’s health. Many nursing home residents rely on several medicines to manage serious conditions, like blood, heart and lung disorders. An incorrect dose or other error can cause these preexisting health conditions to worsen quickly. The results can include dangerous symptoms, a hospital stay or even wrongful death.
Sometimes, a medication error can cause new symptoms or disorders. The wrong medication or dosage can cause a nursing home injury, poisoning or severe allergic reactions. Other possible effects include malnutrition, dehydration, incontinence, delirium, internal bleeding and even brain injury. All medication errors can negatively affect an elderly patient’s quality of life, especially if long-term conditions or wrongful death results.
If you suspect that your elderly loved one is the victim of medication errors in a nursing home, you should ensure that he or she gets medical attention right away. You may also want to consider moving your loved one to a different care facility. If your loved one was seriously harmed or suffered a fatal medication error, our nursing home abuse attorneys can help. Filing a lawsuit for elder abuse may help you recover compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering.
At Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P, we understand how painful a nursing home injury can be to both the victim and his or her family. There is no excuse for nursing home medication errors. We have the experience necessary to help you hold negligent companies accountable for the injuries they cause. Contact us online or call our Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C. law office today to schedule a free consultation.