Given Wrong Medication in Nursing Home Facility? How an Attorney Can Help

September 20, 2019 | By

giving wrong medicationIf a patient is ever given the wrong medication, it is imperative to act fast and to contact a physician to see what should immediately be done next. Depending on the severity of administering the wrong medication, the patient may need to be rushed to the hospital for emergency medical attention. Once the situation has been handled and the next steps are taken to fix the mistake, it must be determined who was at fault. If the patient was an elder in a nursing home facility, a nursing home abuse law firm in Portland should be contacted. Even though giving the wrong medication can be an accident, it is one that can cause health problems for the patient and can even be fatal. Portland OR nursing home abuse attorneys know the ways in which the nursing home is responsible for these situations if they arise. At Pickett Dummigan McCall, our lawyers take these cases very seriously and want to make sure our clients know all of their rights.

Medication Mistakes
When a medication is mistakenly given to a patient, an attorney will thoroughly review the situation to determine where the mistake happened. Given that the administration of medicine involves a number of people, each person’s role has to be considered. Here are a few of the roles an attorney will examine to see who made the medication mistake:

-The physician in prescribing the medication and not considering the patient’s allergies.
-The pharmacist in giving too much or too little medication.
-The nursing home staff in giving the medication at the wrong time, giving it in the wrong amount, not considering other factors when giving the medication such as diet or being given with another medication.

Portland OR nursing home abuse attorneys will ask each person a series of questions as they investigate what caused this mishap to occur. When you work with a lawyer at a nursing home abuse law firm in Portland, be prepared to provide as much evidence as possible to help answer their questions.

Contact Pickett Dummigan McCall today for a consultation if this issue has impacted your family.

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