Medication errors are unfortunately very common in nursing homes and long-term care facilities and can occur in a variety of different scenarios, but more often than not these errors happen because of negligent or inattentive staff who provide the incorrect dosage or give a patient the wrong medication altogether. The most common medication errors are because of poor training or understaffed facilities. These serious mistakes account for 41% of fatal medication errors in a study by the FDA that looked at relevant data from 1993 to 1998. Incorrect drug administration or incorrect administration route claimed 16% of fatal deaths each.
An alarming half of all fatal medication errors occur in victims over age 60, as the elderly often take multiple prescription medications and thus are at the greatest risk. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a medication error, speak with a McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP nursing home abuse attorney in the Inland Empire who can build a case to represent you in the best way possible.
Compensation for Medication Errors
Victims of medication errors experience damaging reactions to incorrectly administered or prescribed medication, including allergic reactions and life-threatening side effects. Those who have experienced a medication error see their illness go unresolved while enduring pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, decrease in quality of life and more.
Contact McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP today if you or a loved one has been the victim of a medication error so that you can receive the compensation you are entitled to.