Long Beach Elderly Medication Error Attorneys
Assisted Living and Nursing Home Errors Harm the Elderly
There are nearly 16,000 nursing homes spread across the United States, and at any one time, approximately 1.5 million Americans reside in them. Due to the advanced age of these residents, the majority of them are on at least one medication, and many are on two or more medications. This can present a problem because many nursing homes and assisted living facilities are understaffed and many of the employees present aren’t qualified to dispense medication or give injections. This dynamic will ultimately lead to medication errors that can cause serious injury or even death.
If a loved one has been the victim of a medication error at a nursing home, he or she may be eligible for compensation for resulting injuries. But to have a successful claim, you’ll need the representation of a skilled senior-citizen advocate. Since 2002, Long Beach, California, attorney Travis Siegel of Siegel Law has made it his mission to defend the rights of the elderly and assure their voices are heard. Call today for a free consultation, at (562) 645-4145.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) was conducted to find out how prevalent medication errors were in assisted living facilities. The study involved 36 institutions and the results reveal that medication errors are truly a national concern. Nineteen percent - nearly one in five - doses administered were in error. The most frequent errors, by category, were as follows:
- Medication administered at the wrong time (43%)
- Omission of dose (30%)
- Wrong dose of medication (17%)
- Unauthorized medication (4%)
Common Causes of Medication Errors
An estimated 1.3 million Americans are harmed by medication errors every year. Some of the more common causes for these errors include:
- Misreading of similarly named medications
- Misreading of medication abbreviations
- Misinterpreting quantity of prescribed drug
- Misunderstanding of directions
- Failing to follow all directions correctly
- Labeling medication improperly
- Poor communication within the healthcare team
- Poor handwriting of prescription
- Failing to consider possible drug interaction
When you place elderly loved ones in a nursing home, you have a right to feel confident that they’ll be cared for by competent, well-trained, and compassionate personnel. You also have a right to trust that the facility will be adequately staffed, clean, and comfortable for its patients.
If you have a family member who was injured by a medication error, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. But, the nursing home and its insurance company aren’t going to just cough up a settlement because you deserve it - they are going to fight you. That’s why you need an experienced attorney to handle your case. Long Beach elder abuse attorney Travis Siegel has been standing up to nursing homes and their insurers for well over a decade and has won his clients substantial settlements. Call Siegel Law for a free consultation at (562) 645-4145.
- Medication Errors - MedlinePlus
- 6 Tips to Avoid Medication Mistakes
- Medication Errors - AHRQ
- Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)