Medication Errors Lawyer in Montgomery
Medication errors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities can lead to serious, even life-threatening repercussions for residents and their families. Almost every patient or resident in these facilities requires some type of medication. For many, multiple medications need to be administered on a daily basis. Where mistakes are made, such as skipping required doses or overdosing, the consequences can be a significant reduction in the management of a disease or health condition or increased and serious side effects. In poorly managed facilities where staff are poorly trained or understaffed, mistakes can occur leading to health deterioration and injuries to dependent residents.
Holding negligent nursing homes and assisted living facilities accountable for any harm done to their residents is a difficult proposition. These cases call for the knowledge and skills of an attorney who is experienced in them. At Sawyer Law Firm, we devote the majority of our practice to protecting the rights, health, and safety of the elderly residing in these facilities. We bring decades of experience, tenacity, and care to the individuals we represent and their families in and around Montgomery and throughout Alabama.
Residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities commonly have such health conditions as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s, dementia, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, osteoporosis, and more. These individuals are often on many medications to control these conditions and depend on staff to administer them.
Where carelessness occurs by staff, medication errors can occur, including:
- Forgetting a medication
- Administering the wrong dosage
- Administering a wrong medication
These errors may be unintentional yet have serious effects on the individual’s health. This could be considered unintentional abuse but is still illegal.
In other cases, however, residents in these facilities may be purposely overdosed in what is known as “chemical restraint” to keep them docile and under control. This is done by giving the resident higher amounts of prescribed drugs or giving them unprescribed drugs, such as sedatives, anti-depressants, or anti-psychotic drugs designed to subdue them and make them more manageable. This is often done to residents with dementia. These individuals often have “behavioral problems,” such as wandering, resisting care, or “crying,” according to a report made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report states that more than 80 percent of “atypical antipsychotic drug claims” were for elderly nursing home residents who had not been diagnosed with a condition for which these drugs were FDA-approved.
Unfortunately, these drugs become a substitute for proper care, social activities, and other programs that can foster better mental and emotional health for these residents. They lead to a serious reduction in quality of life, decreased consciousness, and, in the worst cases, can lead to eventual decline and death. According to Human Rights Watch, antipsychotic drug abuse in nursing homes is rampant and doubles the risk for death in those with dementia.
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Medication errors, whether unintentional or intentional, can seriously impact the health of residents in nursing homes and assisted care facilities. If you notice unusual signs of a decline in health or unexplained side effects in your loved one, get the help you need from Sawyer Law Firm. Our firm has helped many victims of this type of neglect or abuse obtain compensation for damages and has resulted in improved resident treatment in these facilities.