Medication Errors in Michigan Nursing Homes
Our Michigan nursing home injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. handle cases involving injuries and death due to medication errors in hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living centers in Michigan. According to AARP, Americans 75 and older take on average more than 11 different drugs over the course of a year. With that average being so high, the probability of a medication error is at high. Nursing homes are to be properly trained to prevent medication errors, whether it’s assessing a patient’s health background, ensuring they are taking the correct pills, and receiving the correct amount of dosage, and not wrongly prescribing medication. A resident who is injured or killed due to medication errors does have legal rights under Michigan law.
One of the most common types of medication errors is when a nursing home prescribes anti-psychotic drugs to a patient. According to the federal data, roughly 185,000 nursing home residents in the United States received anti-psychotics in 2010 contrary to federal nursing home regulators’ recommendations – often elderly people like Murphy who have Alzheimer’s or other dementia’s. The drugs, which are intended to treat severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, can leave nursing home residents in a stupor. These medications can have potentially fatal side effects when they are taken by residents with dementia.
Many nursing homes wrongly prescribe and administer these anti-psychotic drugs to the resident to pacify the resident. This is essentially a way of chemically restraining the patient to make their care easier and less time intensive for the nursing home staff. When medications are wrongly prescribed for this reason, it is a violation of the federal and state laws pertaining to the care and treatment of nursing home residents.
The failure of a nursing home or assisted living facility to properly administer medication can cause serious injury and harm to a patient and can give rise to a Michigan nursing home neglect lawsuit.
Our experienced Michigan nursing home neglect lawyers represent residents and their families in lawsuits involving medication errors. These lawsuits seek compensation for the resident and the family for the injuries suffered. They also serve to prevent such a tragedy from happening to another resident in the future. When a resident dies due to a medication error or errors, we file a Michigan Wrongful Death lawsuit on behalf of the surviving family members.
If a loved one has suffered injuries from medication errors in a Michigan nursing home due to neglect and abuse, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced nursing home injury lawyers. We will start working on your case immediately and gather the necessary evidence to prove and win your case. We will also get you the real answers as to what happened and how it happened.
We have a top track record of successful settlements and verdicts in nursing home neglect cases in Michigan and we can do the same for you. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means there are no legal fees or costs until you win a settlement. Call now!
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