Nursing Home Medication Errors Lawyers
You put your trust in a nursing home to deliver the highest standard of care for your loved one, which includes administering critical medications. If your loved one has been sickened or has died as the result of a nursing home medication error, you should contact a lawyer who can assess your case and discuss your legal options with you as soon as possible.
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult one for families, and you have a right to expect the nursing home to take care of your loved one, administering all medications in the proper dosage and on time. Nursing home staff should be held accountable for their actions, especially if they’ve caused your loved one harm by committing a preventable error in administering a medication incorrectly. You should never have to face nursing homes and insurance companies on your own. Call the nursing home medication errors lawyers of Peck Ritchey, LLC at (855) 328-5787 today to speak with a member of our legal team about your case.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer For My Nursing Home Medication Errors Case?
A medication error can happen for various reasons, but it often ties back to a mistake in the administration of the medication by nursing home staff. There may be a lack of supervision, they may not have been trained to administer medication correctly, or they may be stealing drugs for their own distribution or use. Nursing homes should be held to high standards, and if they cause your loved one harm as a result of improper administration of medication, they should be held accountable for their wrongdoing.
An effective nursing home medication errors lawyer will be able to assess your case, provide you with legal options, and help you to win the compensation that your loved one needs to recover. An attorney has experience communicating with insurers and nursing homes, and they will fight to ensure that the facility or insurance company does not attempt to argue their way out of the case or get away with a small settlement.
How Can Peck Ritchey, LLC Help With My Case?
Peck Ritchey, LLC has over 100 years of combined experience helping Chicago area residents with their elder care-related cases. Peck Ritchey, LLC is dedicated to fighting for the rights of the elderly, and we have handled cases from a range of elder care-related issues, including nursing home medication errors. We are members of the Elder Care Matters Alliance and have won numerous accolades representing the elderly in legal matters. A number of our lawyers have been named Super Lawyers in Illinois, and our firm maintains a perfect 10 rating on the legal services website Avvo.
We promise to bring our extensive background in elder care issues and our combined legal experience to each and every case. Your loved one’s situation is unique, and we’ll treat it as such, always keeping you informed of your options and continuously work to deliver the optimal outcome. Medication errors can be devastating, and we are here to help. We will fight to win compensation that will help your loved one recover from the physical and mental trauma of a nursing home medication error.
Types of Medication Error Cases We Handle
Nursing home medication errors come in a variety of forms. Some common types of medication errors that occur in nursing homes include:
- Administering the incorrect medication
- Administering the wrong dosage
- Failing to administer the drug at the correct time
- Failing to administer the medication at all
- Improperly using medication to sedate or restrain a patient
As a family member, you should keep up to date on the types of medication your loved one is taking, as well as when and how these medications are administered. Medicines that can pose health risks if not administered correctly include:
- Antidiabetic medications
- Sedatives and hypnotics
Older people are often more at risk for severe side effects from the above medications and medicine in general. Nursing home staff should monitor for potential drug interactions and changes in dosage or administering practice.
Nursing homes have a duty to ensure that their staff are highly trained and have undergone thorough background checks. Medication errors may be a result of poor hiring practices that can include:
- Hiring nursing home staff with a history of drug abuse or drug dealing
- A failure to train staff to administer certain medications
- A failure to train staff on drug interactions
- Not following the policies and procedures for administering medication
If your loved one has become sick as a result of a medication error, you can pursue a nursing home abuse claim to recover financial compensation for their medical expenses, rehabilitative expenses, pain and suffering, and more. If your loved one tragically passed away as a result of a medication error, we can help you pursue a wrongful death claim against the nursing home. Through this claim, you can recover compensation for medical expenses leading up to their death, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of consortium.
Contact Peck Ritchey, LLC Today
Severe consequences often result from medication errors. Peck Ritchey, LLC has a great deal of experience handling nursing home medication errors cases for clients across Illinois. If your loved one has been sickened or died as a result of a medication error in a nursing home, you should contact a lawyer who can assess your case and go over your legal options as soon as possible. Illinois has a statute of limitations on personal injury cases, which includes medication errors cases, so you have a limited amount of time to recover compensation.
We put our trust in nursing homes to care for our loved ones, and these facilities should be held accountable when they violate that trust by putting your loved one in danger. Peck Ritchey, LLC has the track record and dedication to represent you in your loved one’s medication errors case. Please call the Chicago area nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers of Peck Ritchey, LLC at (855) 328-5787 today to speak with a legal professional about your case during a free consultation.