One of the most important aspects of quality care for the elderly in nursing homes is the staff ensuring the proper dose and correct medication is being dispensed to the correct patients. When understaffing or poor training occurs in the nursing home, negligence leads to overmedicating and overdosing the resident or the wrong medication being given out entirely. The Clinesmith Law Firm is devoted to stopping this form of nursing home negligence by pursuing these cases aggressively with a team of experts, resulting in justice for the victim and their loved ones.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the average nursing home resident takes seven to eight different medications a month to maintain their health. Even though federal guidelines are in place to ensure the process of dispensing this medication is regulated, many residents suffer from receiving the wrong medication each year.
When one resident receives the wrong medication that belonged to another resident, both residents end up suffering from the negligence and abuse from the nursing home staff. Dangerous drug interactions and side effects can occur causing serious health problems and possibly even lead to an early death. If staff is overwhelmed due to understaffing in the nursing home or poor training, medications can get mixed up and dispensed improperly.
Usually, getting patient medications mixed up and dispensed incorrectly is often unintentional by the staff. However, it is still considered a form of negligence, as the nursing home is held liable for giving proper care to its residents. Sometimes, when the right medication is dispensed, the wrong dosage is given. This can lead to overmedicating the resident and an overdose with serious repercussions.
If you suspect the cause of the symptoms listed above is from an overdose of medication given due to negligence of the nursing home, take the following steps:
After you have determined that an overdose has or is occurring in your loved one’s nursing home, contact a nursing home overdose lawyer and find out your legal rights. The lawyers at the Clinesmith Law Firm have extensive experience helping residents of nursing homes fight negligence and abuse.
Many instances of nursing home abuse and negligence go unreported and it is crucial as the loved one of an elderly person in a nursing home that you are their voice. The Clinesmith Law Firm understands the various forms of negligence and abuse that a nursing home is liable for and is dedicated to helping the victims find justice. If you believe a loved one is receiving the wrong medication or wrong dosage of medication in their nursing home, contact us and explore your legal options.
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