Nursing homes patients and residents are expected to get proper and ethical medical care and treatment. Nevertheless, people may be overwhelmed to hear that their loved ones may be subjected to inaccurate dosing, getting prescribed the wrong drug and other errors related to medicines. One of the prevalent causes of medication errors is the incorrect use of prescription medications.
The Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. Michigan nursing home neglect attorneys specialize in medication errors and filing lawsuits against Michigan nursing homes on behalf of patients or family member. Medication errors can cause serious injury to a Michigan nursing home patient, even death.
A recent 12 month observational study has revealed the possibility of serious medication errors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. 18 nursing homes participated in the study, which consisted of around 28,839 nursing home residents.
Medication Errors & Nursing Homes
Below are some statistics documented throughout the 12 month study.
- 546 drug events occurred
- 1 fatality due to medication error happened
- 31 ( 6%) of the medication errors were life-threatening
- 206 (38%) of the medication errors were serious
Of all the medication errors that occurred, the most common were: antipsychotics, antidepressants, sedatives, hypnotics, and anticoagulants.
If your loved one was injured by medication errors, you can sue on the basis of negligence. To address these cases, a very comprehensive examination of medical records, diagnosis and prescription records could be required. Beyond the compensation made available with a successful malpractice lawsuit, the hope is that a claim will serve as incentive for medical providers to abide by a higher standard of care.
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.
Our Michigan Nursing Home Neglect Attorney Will Fight For You!
Our experienced Michigan nursing home neglect attorneys handle cases involving injuries or even deaths caused by medication errors and mistakes. If you loved one suffers serious injuries or even died due to the carelessness of a nursing home, contact us immediately! 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.