The doctors and staff at nursing homes in Connecticut have a duty to ensure the medications they provide to residents are administered safely and correctly. Medication errors have the potential to cause life-threatening harm to nursing home patients. When healthcare providers are negligent or otherwise fail to uphold their duty to residents, they may be liable for any damage they cause.

The legal team at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC, has been helping people recover financial compensation for nursing home negligence for over 100 combined years. Our experience and in-depth knowledge of the Connecticut legal system make us an ideal partner for your medication error claim. If you suspect that your loved one has been injured by a medication mistake, contact us to discuss legal options for recovery.

Common Medication Errors in Nursing Homes

Prescribing medications requires an understanding of how the drug will affect each patient and how it will interact with other medications. Nursing home staff who administer the medications must ensure they provide the proper medicine in the correct dosage. Residents must also be closely monitored to ensure there are no dangerous side effects or complications.

Negligence or failure in any step of the medication process can have disastrous effects, and unfortunately, mistakes occur far too often. The most common medication errors in nursing homes include the following:

  • Administering the wrong dose
  • Providing the wrong medicine
  • Skipping a dose
  • Giving an extra dose
  • Ignoring interactions and side effects
  • Prescribing medicine that is harmful to an underlying condition
  • Dangerous medication mixing
  • Using the wrong route to administer the medicine

Consequences of Medication Errors in Connecticut Nursing Homes

The Code of Federal Regulations requires facilities to keep their medication error rate at or below 5%. However, even though nursing homes are legally allowed to make some percentage of mistakes when providing medicines to residents, that does not mean they cannot be held liable for the harm they cause by ignoring resident care and safety.

If your aging loved one has been harmed by medication errors, one or more of the following may be the cause:

  • Mixing up medication bottles
  • Entering the wrong medication into the patient’s chart
  • Illegible handwriting
  • Incompetence or carelessness
  • Confusing one patient with another
  • Fatigue or burnout due to understaffing
  • Improper training of staff
  • Failure to research patient history

Regardless of what led to the mistake, the fact is that the person responsible for harming your family member should be held accountable. Connecticut allows injured patients to seek the following damages:

  • Past and current medical costs
  • Future medical expenses
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Impairment
  • Loss of function

Nursing Home Medication Error Lawyer in Connecticut

The attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC, have long been devoted advocates for injured nursing home residents in Connecticut. With over a century of combined experience, our lawyers are equipped to handle even the most complex cases. We cannot undo the harm the nursing home has caused, but we can ensure that your loved one has the best chance at a successful outcome in their injury claim. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.