Nursing Home Medication Error Attorneys in Chicago
Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Serving Clients Nationwide
The FDA estimates that over 15,000 residents of nursing homes pass away annually due to mistakes in their medication. Overmedicating and wrongly medicating nursing home residents are common signs of nursing home neglect and abuse. Unfortunately, Medicare and Medicaid cuts have decreased the number of competent nursing home staffers available to residents, with many employees overworked and less attentive to their duties. Distracted employees lead to dangerous slip-ups, such as inaccurate and harmful medication distribution.
If you or someone you love is in a nursing home and suffering from the harmful effects of a medication error, contact one of our Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. We travel to represent clients throughout the U.S. and have 50+ years of combined experience handling similar claims.
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The Dangers of Understaffed Nursing Homes & Undertrained Employees
According to statistics obtained by the Boston Globe, one in five nursing homes in the United States administers anti-psychotic drugs to those who do not have a related mental condition. Anti-psychotic medications are used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar, and other severe mental conditions. In recent years, cases of staff willingly administering anti-psychotic drugs to residents without prescriptions have surfaced.
This immoral, illegal behavior is conducted to sedate and control residents that staff do not want to deal with. Instead of spending time caring for these residents and giving them the medications they need, employees medicate them to keep them in a state of submission. The effects on those who do not need them, particularly those with dementia, are extraordinarily dangerous and often fatal.
Warning Signs of Chemical Restraint
Anti-psychotic medications have extreme side effects of cardiovascular problems, dizziness, blurred vision, abnormal heart rhythms, uncontrollable weight gain, and an increased risk of deadly infections. These side effects are serious enough for the general public, and the hazards in nursing homes are increased exponentially.
Take a look at these possible warning signs of overmedication and wrongful medication:
- Drastic change in mood or behavior
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Evidence of confusion or memory loss
- Unusual physical symptoms
There is a strong correlation between nursing home negligence and recipients of the federal Medicaid program. Medicaid was established for those with limited or exhausted incomes to pay for nursing home care. This program pays a much lower rate than private insurance companies, which means the homes have less money to hire qualified, attentive staff.
Get a Multi-Firm Approach When You Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm
Request a complete list of all medications and dosages your loved one is prescribed, as well as the nursing home's log of drugs administered. If you suspect negligence or abuse of any kind, contact an experienced Chicago nursing home abuse attorney at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm immediately. We can travel to you anywhere in the United States. With over 50 years of combined experience and over 10,000 cases handled, our firm is more than capable of guiding you through whatever situation you are facing.
We partner with top litigation firms to provide a multi-firm approach for our clients. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today: (800) 794-0444.