Medication Mistakes & Wrong Dosage | Michigan Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Our experienced Michigan medication mistake and wrong dosage attorneys handle cases for victims of malpractice against doctors, hospitals, and clinics.  A recent study states that 44,000 – 98,000 deaths annually occur due to medication mistakes.  These mistakes are serious and are “avoidable” medical errors. If a doctor makes a mistake when prescribing a medication or there is a medical mistake due to the medication prescribed, you may have means for a medical malpractice lawsuit. We represent patients and family members who suffer serious and fatal injuries due to medication mistakes and errors caused by nursing home neglect.

Misadministration of medicine and medication mistakes is a frequent and serious problem at nursing homes.  Residents are given the wrong medication or not given the medication in the dosage or frequency as required by the physician’s order.  Often this happens due to the carelessness of the staff, lack of supervision of the nurses administering the medications or not having enough properly trained and supervised staff to administer the medications.

Studies have shown delayed or missed treatment of medication and the administration of the wrong dose or the wrong medication are the two most common medical mistakes made in the hospital setting.  Studies also show that nursing home medication error occurrences are widely under reported.  It is estimated that only 1.5% of all medication errors are actually reported. (more…)

Reasons for Drug Mistakes in Michigan Nursing Homes

Medication mistakes occur with alarming frequency in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Since many elderly take drugs for chronic conditions on a daily basis, mistakes can be repeated for weeks or months, leading to serious injury and, in some cases, even death.

At Buckfire & Buckfire P.C, our attorneys have the most experience with helping people who have been injured in nursing homes. If your loved one has been injured or even died due to a medication mistake in a nursing home or long-term care facility, you can pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Protecting Your Loved One From Medication Mistakes

Some of the most common reasons why medication mistakes occur in a long term care facility include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Verbal order
  • Poor communication within the health care team
  • Poor handwriting
  • Improper drug selection
  • Missing medication
  • Incorrect scheduling
  • Polypharmacy
  • Drug interactions
  • Availability of floor stock (no second check)
  • Look alike or sound alike drugs
  • Hectic work environment
  • Lack of computer decision support (more…)

Medication Errors in Michigan Nursing Home| Lack of Patient Care

Medication errors are all too common within nursing homes and long-term care facilities.  These medication errors are not only serious, but can be deadly. One of the main reasons this may happen is because nursing homes that are not properly staffed may have nurses administering medication with carelessness.

A recent study was conducted to determine the factors that contribute to repeat medication errors and the association between medication errors and patient harm.  Medication error reports submitted by licensed nursing homes to North Carolina’s Medication Error Quality Initiative-Individual Error Web-based incident reporting system were analyzed for fiscal years 2006-2008. Each site was asked to report whether the event was identically repeated within the same patient.

The repeated errors and non-repeated errors were compared at the conclusion of the study.  As a result, out of 15,037 medication errors reported, 5,615 (37.3%) were repeated one or more times.  The most common medication error was determined to be wrong administration.  Weather a medication error is a repeated or non-repeated error; it is serious and completely preventable.

If you suspect your loved one is not being properly taken care of by the nursing home they reside in, and the nursing home staff has made a medication error, a Michigan nursing home neglect lawsuit may be sought.

In the nursing home setting, some of the more common medication errors include:

  • Failure to Consider Adverse Side Effects of Drugs
  • Administering The Incorrect Prescription
  • Incorrect Medication Dosage
  • Adverse Drug Interactions:
    • There are three main types of drug interactions:
    • Liability for Medication Errors
    • Overmedicating
      • Drugs with food and beverages
      • Drugs with dietary supplements
      • Drugs with other drugs

Warning Signs Of Medication Errors in Michigan Nursing Home

If your loved one’s health or behavior changes unpredictably, if he or she starts developing unusual physical symptoms, or if he or she grows more lethargic or confused, medication-related abuse may be at fault. If at all possible, visit the nursing home when medications are dispensed to see whether care is taken to ensure that the correct drugs and dosages are given to patients. Ask to see a log of the drugs given to your loved one. And if you do suspect that your loved one has been improperly medicated, ask a doctor to run tests.

Contact Your Michigan Nursing Home Neglect Attorney

Our experienced Michigan nursing home neglect attorneys handle cases against facilities for medication errors on behalf of injured resident.  For more information on your legal rights after medication errors in Michigan nursing home, call our experienced expert attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. now at (800) 606-1717.  We will represent you and your family in your medication error case under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we prove and win your case.

Patient Allergic Reaction To Medication In Michigan Nursing Home

Our Michigan nursing home neglect lawyers represent families and residents who suffer severe allergic reactions from medication at a nursing home due to neglect or abuse.  Often times, these injuries or allergic reactions, are the result of the carelessness of the nursing home staff or another resident.  These injuries are preventable and the negligent party should be held accountable.  In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine, there were about 770,000 people in the United States hospitalized due to drug allergies, otherwise known as adverse drug reactions.

Different types of allergies exist, such as food, environment, and drug, which seem to be the most dangerous. Due to the serious, even deadly outcomes, Michigan nursing homes are responsible for knowing a patient’s complete medical history before taking any kind of medication.

Common Drug Allergies That Can Occur in Michigan Nursing Homes 

Some of the more common types of drug allergies that take place in Michigan nursing homes include.

  • Non-steroidal / anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDS)
  • Cephalosporin
  • Anesthetics
  • Anesthetics
  • Penicillin
  • Radiology contrast dye
  • Sulfonamides
  • Seizure Medication (more…)

Improper Dosage Of Medication & Michigan Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuits

The Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. nursing home neglect attorneys have significant experience in filing lawsuits against Michigan nursing homes for improper dosage of medication administered to nursing home patients. Administering incorrect dosage of medication can cause serious injury to a Michigan nursing home patient, even death. Unfortunately, medication errors are all too common within the nursing home industry.  If you suspect your loved one is not being properly taken care of by the nursing home they reside in, and the nursing home staff has made a medication error, a Michigan nursing home neglect lawsuit may be sought. If death results from improper medication to nursing home patient, it may also give rise to a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit.

Nursing Home Patients Receiving Improper Medication Dosage 

Due to the serious dangers associated with prescription medications, it is imperative that the correct drug and dose is administered to the patients at a Michigan nursing home.  Errors can occur when: the patient’s chart is misreading by the nursing home staff because it is poorly written, similar looking pills, or staff is rushing due to being understaffed.  Nursing home care staff must exercise reasonable care when administering prescriptions to ensure that patients are receiving the highest standard of care and all injuries are avoided.

Improper dosage can cause serious medical complications by taking too much, too little or the wrong drug all togetherMany prescription medications treat serious illness and disease, and besides the risks associated with taking the wrong drug or the wrong dose, are the risks associated with not treating the illness or disease that prompted your doctor to give you a prescription in the first place. Due to the fact that many people may be responsible for your loved one’s medication, medication errors can happen more frequently.

Unfortunately, improper dosage is reported to be a common problem in US nursing homes.  Often, it is an error due to overlooking the patient’s safety.  However, it can also occur when the nursing home staff feels the need to control difficult patients.  Either situation is unacceptable. (more…)

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