CHICAGO, IL – Nursing homes have the responsibility to provide competent care to each resident, free of abuse and neglect. This includes staff members giving residents the correct medication and correct quantity at the right time. Failure to do so can worsen an individuals medical condition, and even avoid death. If you or your loved one has been a victim of a medication mistake a nursing home facility, you may be wondering what can be done about this – read on to learn more.
Elements of a Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit
Most medication errors fall under the category of “neglect.” Nursing home facilities are held to high standards when it comes to providing residents with proper and adequate medical care. Some residents arrive at nursing home facilities with pre-existing medical conditions that require them to be on medication. This may include medication to prevent blood clots, regulate blood pressure, or alleviate pain.
Nursing home neglect occurs when a nursing home fails to provide reasonable skilled medical care that can result in a patient’s injury or death.
Medication Errors That May Justify a Nursing Home Lawsuit
Some examples of medication errors that may lead to nursing home neglect lawsuit include:
- Skipping medication doses
- Mixing up residents’ medications
- Over-administering medication, or giving too little
- Not giving residents access to necessary medication
- Incorrectly documenting medications
- Failure to monitor a residents side effects or adverse reactions
- Failing to account for resident allergies or drug interactions
Contact a Chicago Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
Medication mistakes can lead to new or existing medical concerns for nursing home residents. The resident may be left with painful side effects, or may need to seek immediate medical treatment. Unfortunately, medication mistakes are fatal. If you were a victim of medication error while in a nursing home, call the Dinizulu Law Group at 312-384-1920. Our team of experienced nursing home injury lawyers can help you pursue justice.