Pharmacy Error: Dangers of Overmedication of the Elderly

Overmedicating the elderly can lead to a variety of dangerous consequences. One is that they may actually experience symptoms similar to dementia without actually having a problem with their cognitive functioning at all. It could be the result of receiving too much medication.

Overmedication can impair an older adult’s physical functioning. It may cause weakness, increasing the risk of a fall. Or they may experience uncomfortable symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

When too many drugs are given and there is a harmful interaction, it could lead to organ failure or other severe consequences. It may even be life-threatening.

Nursing Home Negligence:  Determining Liability

Determining who may be held liable for this type of nursing home negligence may not be easy. It could be the doctor who prescribed the medications or the pharmacist if there was some type of pharmacy error. Or it may be the caregiver and/or nursing home facility, if they were responsible for monitoring and administering the medications.

The best way to learn who potentially could be held responsible for any resulting illness or injuries is to seek legal counsel. A Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer has the ability to evaluate the details of your case carefully to determine if you have a valid claim worth pursuing.

Depending on who is found liable and the extent of your loved one’s injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. The types of compensation will vary but may include bodily injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, reduced quality of life, or wrongful death. There may be other types of damages available, which an attorney can discuss with you. 

Has Your Loved One Been Injured In A Nursing Home?

If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.

Matthew L. White
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