Nursing home residents often rely on at least one medication in order to maintain their health. It is up to the doctors, nurses, and pharmacists at the facility to ensure that the proper medications and the correct doses are getting to the right patients. Unfortunately, medication errors often occur, causing serious injuries and even death. If your loved one has been injured or has died as the result of a medication error in a nursing home, we can help.
At the law offices of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, we confidently and compassionately provide advice and guidance to families who have loved ones that have been injured in a nursing home. Our attorneys take the time to investigate the entire situation, gather all evidence, and take action against the nursing home and any individual parties who may have negligently contributed to the injuries suffered by your loved one. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns about nursing home medication errors.
Types of Medication Errors
There are a number of types of medication errors that may occur in a nursing home setting, including:
- Incorrect dose: If too low of a dose is given, the condition for which it was prescribed will not be helped. If too much is given, a patient can have a stroke, go into cardiac arrest or die from the overdose.
- Wrong medication: In some cases, a patient is given medication that was meant for another patient or a pharmacy filled a container with the wrong type of medication. Regardless, a patient is at the mercy of the pharmacist who filled the prescription or the nurse who is administering the medication.
- Drug interactions: Doctors and pharmacists must have a patient’s entire drug history in order to ensure that the multiple drugs that a patient may be taking affect each other. If a drug is prescribed that interacts negatively with another drug that is prescribed, and they are taken even according to doctor’s orders, serious injuries can occur.
New York State Department of Health Involvement
There are a number of laws established by which nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult group homes must abide. Any violation of these laws may be reviewed by the New York State Department of Health. The laws are strictly enforced by this organization and any facilities found in violation of the laws may be cited. We can also use any violations to bolster your case against the facility.
Contact an Experienced Albany Nursing Home Medication Error Lawyer Today
Nursing homes need to be held accountable when medication errors occur. Contact us for a free personal injury consultation by phone or schedule a confidential in-person meeting with an attorney at one of our four convenient offices in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Colonie, Saratoga Springs, and all of Upstate New York. Flexible appointments, including evenings and weekends, are available upon request.