Milwaukee Attorneys Fight Nursing Home Medication Errors
Compensation when facilities fail to administer drugs properly
Many nursing home residents rely on a regimen of prescription drugs to maintain their health. They count on their caregivers to deliver the appropriate medication at the correct time in the proper dosage. But too often, poorly trained and inattentive workers make errors dispensing medications, causing serious harm to the residents they’re supposed to serve. For more than 35 years, Sperling Law Offices LLC in Milwaukee has represented nursing home residents and their families in cases of preventable injuries from medication errors.
How negligence in Wisconsin nursing homes leads to medication errors
Nursing homes dispense vast quantities of drugs to their residents. It is management’s responsibility to establish protocols for administering medications that include clear, legible and accurate record-keeping. Management must also oversee the nurses who administer the drugs and provide the appropriate discipline and retraining to reduce the chance of errors being made. Common medication errors include:
- Wrong drug
- Wrong dosage
- Administered too early or too late
- Medication omitted
- Medication dispensed without a doctor’s order
For residents with serious chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, a medication error can induce a stroke, lead to disorientation, thus causing a fall, or provoke a fatal episode. These mistakes are separate from the errors a physician might make in prescribing the wrong drug or dosage and ignoring the possible consequences of drug interactions, which are examples of medical malpractice.
A reliable Milwaukee law firm with experience in nursing home litigation
Our attorneys are never deterred by the amount of hard work that goes into litigating a nursing home case. We carefully gather the evidence to establish that a mistake was made and to link that mistake to the harm done to the injured resident. We thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the case to uncover any signs of negligence. We pore over medication records and consult experts in nursing home management, geriatric medicine and pharmacology to build a persuasive case for compensation.
Contact a concerned attorney in Milwaukee for medication errors cases
Sperling Law Offices LLC capably represents nursing home residents and their families in cases where medication errors caused serious health problems. If your elder loved one received the wrong medication at a nursing home or hospital, call us at 414-273-7777 or contact our Milwaukee office online to schedule a free consultation.