A Columbus medication errors lawyer can help you recover damages for injuries caused by improperly prescribed, administered, or dosed medication in a nursing home.
Some nursing homes do not have sufficient caregivers to ensure your loved one receives the correct medication. Other facilities can misuse medication to subdue residents.
Whether negligence or a wrongful act harmed your loved one, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can review your situation and offer legal guidance. For a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team, call us today at (800) 842-6336.
Medication Errors Can Indicate Nursing Home Abuse
Medication errors can happen even when nursing homes practice extraordinary levels of care. However, they are more likely to occur in nursing homes with substandard care.
Mistakes in medications that can lead to injury, illness, or death include:
- Receiving the wrong medication
- Receiving the wrong dose (either too much or too little) of proper medication
- Failure to receive medication as prescribed, such as once every 12 hours or only after food
Act now if you believe your loved one is in immediate danger of a medication error.
Using Medication for “Chemical Restraint”
An alarming number of nursing homes will intentionally give antipsychotic medicine to patients who tend to wander and require more staff attention. According to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) analysis, about 179,000 nursing home patients are given this “chemical restraint” every week.
If you suspect that a loved one is being restrained in this manner, do what is necessary to remove your spouse or parent from a potentially deadly situation. A Columbus medication errors lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can protect you and your loved one with solid legal advocacy from start to resolution. Call us today for a free consultation.
Medication Errors Can Be a Sign of Other Forms of Abuse
Medication errors are only one red flag of potential nursing home abuse or neglect. They can be symptomatic of an overall careless, negligent, or malicious facility.
In our experience, carelessness in medication can be accompanied by:
- Physical abuse, such as slapping, shoving, or punching
- Sexual abuse, including rape
- Emotional abuse, including verbal attacks and harassment
- Financial abuse, such as stealing money or forging checks
- Neglect of basic needs, such as withholding medication, food, and clean drinking water
More than 50 percent of a surveyed nursing home staff admitted to abusing, neglecting, or mistreating residents, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). Chronically understaffed nursing homes may be more likely to perpetuate this behavior.
How to Recognize Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Some nursing home abuse victims are too frightened of their abuser to speak out. That is why it is helpful to learn the warning signs of abuse or neglect, in addition to medication errors:
- Weight loss unexplained by a medical condition
- Frequent or unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, or pressure marks
- Unkempt appearance and clothing
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers
- Sudden change in personality, such as withdrawing from favorite activities, refusing visits, or trying to harm others
- Unexplained credit card charges or missing valuables
Unscrupulous caregivers tend to select victims who are the most vulnerable, including those with physical or cognitive impairments. Residents who rarely have visitors or outside social interaction or those with mobility issues are also targets.
For a free legal consultation with a Medication Errors Lawyer serving Columbus, call (800) 794-0444
What We Can Do for You and Your Loved One
Nursing home abuse and neglect violate state and federal laws. Ohio law allows victims of nursing home abuse to seek damages for injuries caused by recklessness, omission, or intent.
Damages can be economic, such as paying for an ambulance or ambulette service. Damages can also be emotional, such as pain and suffering. A Columbus medication errors lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you recover both types of damages on your behalf, as we:
- Collect evidence, testimony, and documentation to show liability or wrongdoing by the other party
- Identify all liable parties
- Valuate your damages
You and your loved one have suffered enough through no fault of your own. It is time to have a strong legal advocate by your side to compel the at-fault party to compensate you for your injuries.
You Have a Limited Time to Act
Like other states, Ohio has a statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits. According to Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2305.10, personal injury lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date that the injury, illness, or accident occurred.
Some nursing homes may want to settle with you and your loved one without going to court. Nursing homes have liability insurance policies, and our lawyers are skilled negotiators who are familiar with insurance company procedures.
If we cannot reach an acceptable settlement, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will prepare your case for court. You have the right to seek justice from a judge or jury.
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We Recover Monetary Damages and Justice for Our Clients
Our firm has recovered millions of dollars in damages for injured clients, including many victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.
We can fight for you and your loved one to recover maximum compensation for damages that may include:
- Emergency medical care
- Skilled nursing or rehabilitation
- Medical transport
- Relocation and moving expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
If you lost a loved one because of a medication error, our lawyers could seek damages for pain and suffering, final expenses, and other costs associated with a wrongful death case.
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We Will Fight to Make You Whole
Medication errors can rob you or your loved one of precious quantity and quality of life. Let a Columbus medication errors lawyer hold a liable nursing home accountable. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation with a team member at (800) 842-6336.