Medication errors for residents of assisted living facilities can have a devastating impact, in that they can result in serious injuries or even death, depending on the severity of the error. In fact, medication errors tend to plague the entire medical community, not just nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Problems with correctly administering medications are compounded by the fact that residents may not be cognizant of which medicines and what dosages they are supposed to have in a given day. They may be completely reliant on staff members to administer the correct type and amount of medications. Furthermore, chronic understaffing of residential care facilities can lead to even more mistakes as staff members struggle to keep up with every resident’s medication schedule, along with all of the other duties of their jobs.
There are a number of types of common medication errors that may occur in Wisconsin assisted living facilities. These errors include things like splitting or crushing pills that are not designed to remain whole, failing to give resident adequate nutrition or fluids when required to take certain medications, or administering the wrong type or dosage of medication altogether. Staff members who are not paying close attention when giving medications to residents may inadvertently mix them inappropriately, or allow a resident to swallow a pill that is designed to be placed under an individual’s tongue and dissolve.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured as a result of a medication error, or your family has suffered the loss of a loved one to a medication error by assisted living facility staff, you may be entitled to compensation. This inquiry involves determining which party or entity was at fault for the accident, acted negligently, or otherwise caused the medication error that led to your injuries or your loved one’s death. At Boller & Vaughan, our Madison assisted living facility neglect lawyers can help you with these determinations, and support you through any personal injury or wrongful death claims that you may have.