Medication Errors in Nursing Homes
Nursing homes provide housing to numerous elderly individuals, many of whom are regularly given a variety of medications that are prescribed to them by their doctors. Often these drugs are necessary to maintaining the quality of life and health for many residents, but, when handled in the wrong way, they can also result in devastating illness or injury. For this reason it is of the utmost importance that the professionals responsible for handling and dispensing these medications be well versed in the purposes and effects of the medications which they give to their residents.
When a nursing home employee fails in their responsibility to safely and responsibly manage the medications of their residents, it is all too common for a serious health complication to arise. If you or someone you love has been harmed by the mishandling of medications in a nursing home, call an experienced Champaign injury attorney at Spiros Law, P.C., today at 217-328-2828 to learn more about your legal options.
Dangers of Medication Errors
The drugs and medications used by nursing home residents are frequently composed of potent chemicals that can have serious side effects when used incorrectly. A medication error may result in an injury in a number of ways, such as:
- Worsening of a condition due to lack of receipt of medication
- Dangerous combinations with other drugs due to a mix up
- Overdoses when a powerful drug is given to the wrong person
- Allergic reactions to wrongly distributed medications
Any of these circumstances can lead to a serious injury to an innocent resident, likely resulting in major medical expenses and untold suffering.
Medication management and distribution is one of the most crucial responsibilities of nursing home employees, and it is essential that they be held responsible for any mistakes they make. If you have suffered an injury due to an error in the distribution or administration of medication at a nursing home, call an experiencedChampaign medical malpractice attorney at Spiros Law, P.C., today at (217) 328-2828 to discuss the details of your case.