Can Medication Errors Be a Result of Nursing Home Neglect?

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CAN MEDICATION ERRORS BE A RESULT OF NURSING HOME NEGLECT?

Elder Care Abuse Lawyer Phoenix AZ

Elder Care Abuse Lawyer Phoenix AZ

The majority of nursing home patients are on medication that has been prescribed because of a medical condition. Tragically, one of the most common types of medical mistakes for elderly patients is when a patient is given the incorrect type or dosage of medication. This often occurs in nursing homes and the results can be life-threatening, or even fatal.

When medication errors occur because of the negligence of nursing home staff, the victim and their families can pursue damages against the facility. At Rispoli Law, PLLC, we have been aggressively advocating for nursing home negligence victims and their families for a number of years. We are dedicated to getting victims the justice and financial compensation they deserve. If your loved one has been injured because of a medication error or some other negligence on the part of nursing home staff, contact our Phoenix AZ office today.

Medication errors can involve both prescription medication and over-the-counter medications. It is crucial that each patient’s medication history is examined to ensure that newly-prescribed medications do not have an adverse reaction with another medication they are on. Some of the more common types of negligent medication error cases that occur include:

·       Mix-up of medication: When medication meant for one patient is given to another patient.
·       Improper dosing: When a patient is given either too much or not enough dosage of a medication.
·       Adverse interactions between medications: When two or more incompatible medications are given to a patient, causing adverse and preventable side effects
·       Failure to give medication: When a patient is not given their medication either accidentally or intentionally (both are considered neglect)
·       Medication to mask symptoms: When a patient is given medication in order to mask symptoms of a serious medical issue (i.e. giving a patient ibuprofen for a fever instead of finding out why the patient has a fever)

Proving Neglect

Proving that medication errors were the result of negligence can be difficult in Phoenix AZ without the assistance of a skilled and experienced elder care abuse lawyer. Unfortunately, many facilities who engage in negligent care of their patients are adept at covering it up. At Rispoli Law, PLLC, we are well-versed and knowledgeable when it comes to the manipulations that nursing home facilities and their attorneys may attempt to use in order to avoid paying the legal price for abusing patients.

Contact an Elder Care Abuse Lawyer in Phoenix AZ

If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected by nursing home staff, contact Rispoli Law, PLLC immediately. It is critical that you speak with an elder care abuse lawyer Phoenix AZ families trust when it matters the most.

At our firm, we can direct you to the proper local and state agencies that need to be contacted, as well as law enforcement, if the circumstances require it. Once your loved one is out of harm’s way, we may take the steps needed to file a lawsuit against the nursing home facility in order to seek justice and financial compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering.

ALWAYS SAY 'NO' TO ARBITRATION

Should you find it necessary to enroll yourself or a loved one in a nursing home or other long term care facility, it is absolutely critical that you NEVER sign an arbitration agreement. These documents are not a pre-condition for admission, despite what any facility representative tells you, and are often lumped in with the stack of paperwork you are required to sign during the admission process. These types of arbitration agreements are designed to protect the facility from being held fully responsible for any negligence should it occur during the stay at the facility. More and more people are starting to wake up to the rampant abuse of forced arbitration in nursing homes and pressuring the government to end the practice. You can help, and learn more, by visiting Change.org here and signing the pledge to protect seniors' rights!

You Don't Want a Handout, You Want Justice. We Know and We Will Help. Call us at (602) 412-5575.

Our firm is more than willing to talk to you about a potential legal claim for nursing home abuse, or do our best to answer any other questions you have about long term care in general. lf you need an experienced elderly abuse attorney, please do not hesitate to call 602-412-5775 (toll free 866-972-3212) or email.

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