Nursing Home Liability for Medication Errors
As our loved ones age, it is important we place their care into the hands of those we can trust to provide them with the assistance they need. Unfortunately, medication errors can happen in nursing home facilities and may be considered acts of negligence. Such errors include overmedicating a patient, administering the wrong medications, or simply missing doses. If your elderly loved one is a victim of a nursing home medication error, there may be grounds for a lawsuit. Here, the nursing home negligence attorneys at The Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg discuss how you can detect potential medication errors in your loved one’s nursing home facility and how they could be eligible to pursue a lawsuit to be compensated.
What Qualifies as a Medication Error in a Nursing Home?
There are several different circumstances that may qualify as medication errors within a nursing home. A few of these errors include a nurse administering unnecessary or expired medications, providing doses at incorrect times of the day, or administering the incorrect medications to a patient. A nursing home medication error can also include avoiding proper care after a medication error occurs. These errors, even if conducted unintentionally, can be harmful or even fatal to the victim. Overmedication of a nursing home patient can be elder abuse. It can also cause quite harmful effects such as loss of memory, excessive tiredness, disorientation, and other symptoms, depending on the medication.
What Do I Do If My Loved One is a Victim of a Medication Error?
Medication errors, along with other acts of negligence and abuse under the care of nursing home staff, can result in serious harm to your loved ones and distrust in their facility and staff. If your loved one is a victim, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for their pain and suffering. Other awards could include medical expenses or wrongful death.
Often, elderly victims of nursing home abuse or medication errors may not be able to speak up for themselves and may rely on you to recognize any telling signs or symptoms that something is amiss. If you believe your elderly loved one may be a victim, scheduling a consultation with a skilled Baltimore nursing home attorney, such as an attorney at The Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg, is the first step in the right direction. Our experienced lawyers can evaluate your unique situation to determine whether or not you have a case. To learn more about our nursing home abuse and neglect practice area, click here.
Contact the Maryland Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys at The Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg
Nursing home neglect and abuse is a tragic issue that many Maryland families face every year. If your loved one was administered improper medications, or was overmedicated by nursing home staff, you do not have to fight this battle alone. Consulting a Baltimore nursing home neglect and abuse attorney can equip you and your loved ones with the right guidance and support to receive the justice you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg today to schedule a consultation.