As people get older they often require prescription medications to treat their medical conditions and to keep their problems from worsening. Most elderly people in nursing homes take at least one prescription medication on a regular basis and many take two or more daily. At nursing homes, residents rely on their caregivers to administer their medications properly.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. A man recently filed a lawsuit against a nursing home alleging their negligence caused his injuries. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County and seeks damages of more than $50,000.
Medication mistakes are all too common. There are a number of different ways that errors can occur. The physician may prescribe the wrong medication, or could order the wrong dosage. The pharmacist might make an error when packaging or mixing the medication, or in providing the instructions. Improperly taking the medication can cause serious medical problems. Taking too much medication can cause an overdose while taking too little will not adequately treat the condition. Medical mistakes, including medication mistakes, are the third most common cause of death in the United States.