Medication Errors in Nursing Homes
Nursing home residents often need ongoing medical care to manage and treat different conditions. This can require the use of several medications that need to be administered according to strict schedules. Nursing home staff members need to keep careful records of when they administered medications, as well as check records before giving more medication to a resident.
Unfortunately, nursing home staff are often in a hurry or not paying attention, and they can make errors regarding medications. Such errors put residents at the risk of serious medical harm in different ways, including:
- Skipping a dose, which can deprive the resident of the medicinal benefits they need, and it might lead to medical complications
- Giving a resident the wrong medication, which not only deprives them of the medication they need but might also result in an adverse reaction to the medication that is not theirs
- Giving double (or more) doses, which can lead to serious medical reactions or even fatal overdose
When a medication error causes your loved one to need otherwise unnecessary medical care or suffer unnecessary harm, your loved one has rights. The nursing home should be held fully accountable for the negligence of staff members and should compensate your loved one for the costs of medical treatment, as well as pain and suffering.
It can be difficult to prove medication errors, and nursing homes will generally fight against liability, so you want to seek help from the right attorney who knows how to handle this type of claim.
Contact a Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer in South Atlanta Today
Nursing home negligence is a growing problem, and it can cause serious and preventable harm to our vulnerable loved ones. If you would like to discuss your concerns with a South Atlanta nursing home neglect attorney, contact the law office of Ben F. Windham, PC, online or call 833.236.9467 for help.