Medication errors are one of the leading causes of injury to nursing home patients.
Most of these errors are entirely preventable and are a sign of negligence when they occur.
Examples of medication errors include:
- Failing to provide needed daily medication
- Accidentally providing an overdose of the medicine
- Giving the medication to the wrong patient
- Providing the wrong medication (for example, Celexa instead of Celebrex)
- Intentionally over-drugging patients to sedate them
- Failing to check for dangerous drug interactions
Medication Errors Can Be Fatal
Tragically, sometimes medication errors are not just nursing home mistakes. Staff members have been known to give residents medications that are not prescribed by a treating physician for a number of different reasons. In some instances, a nursing home employee may honestly believe they are helping the patient, while in others cases, employees use medication improperly to keep residents “under control” or quiet. Regardless of the reasons, the result is often great harm to your loved one.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Attorney
Nursing home claims are a highly-complex and specialized form of personal injury litigation. Nursing homes have experienced lawyers working on their behalf and have access to top medical experts who can provide a powerful defense. If you are involved with a dispute with a nursing home, the attorney you choose is important. Choosing the right attorney may mean the difference between having your claim denied and obtaining the compensation you need and deserve.
To contact an attorney at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC, call us at 404-856-0040 or toll free 1-855-329-7144 or contact us by e-mail.
We have offices in Atlanta, Calhoun, Cartersville, Dallas, Dalton and Savannah to better serve our clients dealing with the aftermath of a nursing home’s medication error. From those offices we serve clients in a number of local communities, including Macon, College Park, Lawrenceville, Valdosta, Rome, Chamblee and Decatur.