Medication Errors

Minnesota Nursing Home Medication Error Attorney

Medication errors are very serious in that they can cause very serious illness or death. For elderly individuals in a nursing home, medication errors are something that they should never have to experience. The residents rely on the health care professionals to do their jobs and do them correctly. This means no errors in the type of medication that is administered or the quantity.

If your loved one lives in a nursing home and he or she has fallen victim to a negligent medication error, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. If the medication error led to death, then you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home with the help of your nursing home injury attorney.

Experience With All Types Of Medication Errors

We have experience representing those who have been harmed through medication errors and their families. Some examples of the common medication errors include:

  • Overmedication
  • Delivering the wrong medication or administering the wrong dose
  • Administering drugs without screening the patient for allergies or potential interactions
  • Failure to give the patient medications as prescribed

There have also been cases in the media where nurses and other healthcare staff in nursing homes have taken the medication of patients and use them for themselves. This sort of action has left patients without their medication, causing them to miss doses. Missing doses can make a patient very ill.

Holding Negligent Nursing Home Staff Accountable

It is also the responsibility of nursing home staff to give feedback to doctors when patients do not respond well to their medications. Changes in the dosage or the types of medication may be needed in such cases. Sometimes, a medication error is obvious because of a change in the patient’s muscle control or mental sharpness. The side effects of drugs can also cause an elderly individual to lapse into malnourishment because they have lost their appetite. These are things that doctors need to know about and keep track of.

That is why if you suspect that your loved one is not receiving their medication or something is wrong with your medication, you should check into the matter immediately. With the help of an experienced Minnesota nursing home injury attorney, compensation for medical expenses and other relevant costs can be recovered so that the financial aspects are taken care of and so the nursing home exercises better care with their patients.

Elderly Medication Error? Lawyers Offer Free Consultations

Medication errors can lead to serious injury or death. When these errors occur in a nursing home, the injured patient and/or their family can hold the nursing home liable for the error, especially when that error has led to more serious illness or death. To learn more about your rights and options, call Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas at the Wayzata, MN office at 612-339-4511 or 1-800-328-4340 for a free consultation.