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 Orange County elderly medication error attorney. Since 2002, 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.
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.
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:
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. This is also true when a loved one is admitted into a drug rehab facility.
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 Orange County elderly medication error lawyer to handle your case.
Orange County elderly medication error 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.