Monday, January 25, 2016

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Medication Errors in Nursing Homes

Medication errors are a common and serious problem throughout the United States healthcare system. Inadequate training, complex or undefined procedures and poor communication between doctors and nurses can increase the chances of a medication mistake that results in an adverse drug event. Residents of nursing homes and other assisted living facilities are particularly vulnerable to suffering the harmful effects of a medication error due to their total reliance on nursing home staff to administer their medications. Families of those who have been harmed by a medication error caused by negligence may be able to recover compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the nursing home facility or person responsible for their loved one’s care. In 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services released the results of a comprehensive study of adverse effects in skilled nursing facilities. According to the report, mistakes involving medication were the most common cause of h

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