Why Do Fatal Medication Errors In Nursing Homes Happen?
A: Sadly, there are many medication mistakes that cause injuries and even death to residents in nursing homes. Because elderly patients often do not keep track of their own medication, they rely on the nurses to do this for them.
Nurses have many things on their plate and many patients to care for. This coupled with the fact that the facility may be understaffed could cause a nurse to make a mistake and overmedicate a patient or give the wrong dosage of medication.
Additionally, nurses may cause a medication error because they may have cut corners, did not follow the standard of care or did not verify a patient’s identity prior to medication administration.
According to an FDA study, improper dosage of medicine accounts for 41 percent of all medication errors that resulted in death.
When a nursing home causes a wrongful death in South Florida, they have a responsibility to the victim’s family. The family of the deceased victim should talk with a wrongful death lawyer in South Florida to find out their rights and what compensation they are entitled to.
If your loved one was a victim of nursing home abuse that led to a wrongful death, please call a trusted Fort Lauderdale wrongful death lawyer at the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at 954-677-0155 for a free legal consultation today.