Long-term care facilities are where we often move loved ones so they will get the specialized care they need. But does that care do more harm than good sometimes? The answer can be “Yes,” when treatments are incorrect. For example, prescription errors can occur in any medical setting causing injuries, including long-term care facilities and you should confer with a personal injury attorney for help.
Any of the following situations could be considered prescriptions errors:
As you can see, anyone involved with a patient’s medication could be guilty of making prescription errors. And such mistakes are far more common than most people realize.
Studies vary. One study showed that there’s an “8% to 25% median medication error rate.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) receives around 100,000 reports of suspected medication errors annually.
Logically, prescription mistakes are more likely to happen with groups who take more medications. Older patients, including those in long-term care facilities, generally take more drugs than most younger people. And patients in nursing homes are often unable to tell when they are given the wrong meds.
When patients are the victims of prescription errors, they face:
Healthcare providers that commit medication errors could:
We recommend that patients harmed by prescription errors and their families discuss their case with an experienced personal injury attorney. Compensation for damages could be available.
And if you have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence, you need help from top-rated, hard-working representation. At Shapiro|Delgado, our attorneys put their injury law experience to work for you. And we handle cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you do.
We represent clients throughout Florida, including Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, and surrounding communities.
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