Medication Errors In New Jersey Nursing Homes
The large majority of elderly people have at least one chronic medical condition for which they take prescription medications. It is not uncommon for seniors to be on multiple different drugs at the same time. Mismanagement of these meds can lead to falls, adverse reactions and other serious harm. Medication errors are a hidden problem at nursing homes, where vulnerable residents rely on doctors and staff to keep them safe.
The experienced lawyers of Ginsberg & O'Connor, P.C., handle nursing home negligence in Burlington County and surrounding New Jersey counties. If you believe a nursing home’s mishandling of medications caused a loved one’s health crisis or death, call us for a free consultation.
Serious Harm From Prescription Medications
Medical professionals (doctors, pharmacists and nurses) have a duty to exercise great care in prescribing, dispensing and administering medications. There is no margin for error with elderly nursing home patients who are already ailing or frail.
Medication errors are among the most common forms of medical negligence:
- Prescribing or delivering the wrong drug
- Administering the wrong dose
- Failing to administer needed medications
- Failing to check for cross-reactions with other drugs
- Contraindications (incompatible medical conditions)
- Delayed or improper response to drug reactions
- Infection from nonsterile procedures with IVs or syringes
Our attorneys know how to interpret medical records and read between the lines to identify medication errors or deviation from accepted medical standards. We pursue compensation for the costs of medical intervention, for your family member’s pain and suffering, and for lasting disability or premature death.