Medication Errors

As our bodies and brains grow older, their functionality inevitably decreases. Seniors often depend on medication to sustain optimum functioning levels and to live a happy, healthy life. Nursing home residents rely on staff to administer their medications correctly, delivering them at the appropriate dosage level and time. Overmedicating residents is becoming more and more common, and the side effects are often deadly. According to the FDA, over 15,000 nursing home residents pass away every year as a result of medication mistakes.

Unfortunately, the need to save money and maximize profits have decreased the number of competent nursing home staffers available to residents, with many employees overworked and less attentive to their duties. There is a clear link between the staffing levels in nursing home and wrongful administration of drugs. Distracted employees lead to dangerous slip-ups, such as inaccurate and harmful medication distribution. Also, if one resident’s medication is mistaken for another, both are at risk of serious ramifications. Occurrences of this type are often mistakes due to unqualified or overworked employees. Having suffered injuries as a result of nursing home negligence in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long-term care. I have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and I will fight for you!!!

I am honored to protect and fight for victims of nursing home negligence. As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and as a former police detective, I understand firsthand the importance of helping the good people of Northern Illinois and Chicago recover for injuries resulting from nursing home negligence. On many occasions I find that nursing home negligence victims many times are left with more severe emotional and physical injuries then victims of other types of negligence and are also often times left with more permanent physical and emotional incapacitating injuries. Me and my team of experienced nursing home negligence lawyers will fight for you!

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Reports of nursing home staff purposefully administering wrong types or dosages of medication are on the rise. Employees are entrusted by residents and families to handle prescriptions for all those who need it. In recent years, cases of staff willingly administering anti-psychotic drugs to residents without prescriptions have surfaced. This immoral, illegal behavior is conducted to sedate and control residents that staff do not want to deal with. Instead of spending time caring for these residents, employees medicate them to keep them in a state of submission.

Federal data illuminates the reality of this troubling issue. According to statistics obtained by the Boston Globe, one in five nursing homes in the United States administers anti-psychotic drugs to those who do not have a related mental condition. This overuse is deeply concerning to those with a loved one in a nursing home, a decision that already caused stress and disconcertion. Families of residents should not have to worry about such abuse in nursing homes.

Possible warning signs of overmedication and wrongful medication administration include drastic change in mood or behavior, unexplained weight loss or gain, evidence of confusion or memory loss, and unusual physical symptoms. If you notice any of these symptoms immediately request a complete list of all medications and dosages your loved one is prescribed to take and the home’s log of drugs administered. If you believe you loved one is a victim of negligence or abuse experienced nursing due to overmedication or wrongful medication call me at (312) 888-8000.


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