It’s understandably scary to put a loved one in a nursing home. After
all, despite being medical professionals, you’re trusting your senior
loved one’s entire well-being to the hands of strangers. These facilities
have a responsibility to provide for all of the basic needs of their residents,
including hygiene, nutrition and medical needs. This means medication as well.
It’s not common to experience medication errors by nursing home staff,
but they do happen. When these are caused by negligence, you may be entitled
to pursue compensation for any complications or injuries that result.
Explore the dangers of nursing home negligence, the dangers of medication
errors, and how a nursing home negligence lawyer can pursue your case.
Potential Medication Errors
There are a range of potential medication errors in nursing homes, and
often they come from somewhere in the administrative chain ranging from
the doctor to the patient. For example:
A physician could issue the wrong prescription, be it an improper medication
or the wrong dosage.
The doctor or pharmacist may not ask about allergies.
The pharmacy could misread a prescription or patient record and issue the
The nursing staff could administer the meds to the wrong patient.
Drugs could interact badly due to an oversight by doctors or pharmacists.
These errors can be surprisingly easy to make. From poor handwriting to
typographical errors to simple oversights in information gathering, there’s
a long list of reasons why these accidents happen. If the mistake is due
to negligence and injuries result, you can collect damages.
Negligence is a major factor in collecting damages for your medication
errors. This goes beyond a simple error that anyone could make and involves
the sort of mistake that should by all rights have been caught and results
in major problems. If a doctor issues a wrong dose of a medicine once
but corrects the issue and no real damage occurs, negligence may not attach.
On the other hand, if a doctor prescribes the wrong medication which causes
harm to a patient, either due to side effects, because the patient is
allergic, or because there are negative interactions with other drugs
and the doctor should have been aware of the problem in advance, negligence
Negligence basically means that the doctor has a basic duty to protect
their patients from harm, that they fail in this duty due to an irresponsible
mistake, action, or inaction, and that this mistake does direct harm to
Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer
If you want to seek damages and compensation due to a medication error,
you need the help of anursing home negligence lawyer. Nursing homes don’t want to have their reputation damaged or to
pay out huge claims, so they’ll fight to protect themselves from
your suit. You need someone with the knowledge and experience to gather
the right evidence and present it in a way to prove your case.
The right attorney will help you stand up against corporate interests and
bullying insurance companies, and will defend your rights as a victim.
If you or a loved one suffers from medication errors in central California,
call the Dunnion Law Firm for help today.