Chicago Administration of Prohibited Medication Attorneys

administration of a prohibited medication in nursing homeWhen nursing home staff and administration fail to care for your elderly loved one properly, the consequences and repercussions can be dire. An elderly loved one in a nursing home is likely already suffering from physical and/or mental ailments, and giving them prohibited medications may worsen their condition. The administration of prohibited medications is unlawful and could result from negligence or intentional wrongdoing. If your loved one has suffered physical abuse in their nursing home through the administration of prohibited medication, contact the Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC today by calling 312-346-8620 to schedule a free consultation.

Administration of Prohibited Medications in Nursing Homes

Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is more prolific than people would like to imagine. One form of abuse that occurs frequently is the administration of prohibited medications.

The health of many elderly individuals living in nursing homes is already somewhat fragile, and taking prohibited medications can make their existing conditions worse, cause a new condition, and may even threaten their life. Some common types of prohibited medications that are administered to nursing home patients include the following:

  • Sedatives
  • Blood thinners
  • Painkillers
  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics

Some side effects of taking prohibited medication can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizure
  • Coma

Side effects of taking prohibited medication can happen quickly, or they may appear gradually over a period of abuse. Sometimes, it may be difficult to tell whether your loved one is being abused. Some signs to look for are:

  • Personality changes
  • Physical changes, like noticeable weight gain or loss
  • Unusual fatigue or exhaustion
  • Frequent naps
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion or forgetfulness
  • New or worsening medical conditions
  • Unwillingness to communicate while the staff is present
  • The staff’s reluctance to allow you to be alone with your loved one

If you believe your loved one has been abused by being given prohibited mediation, do not let the ill-treatment continue; contact Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC today for help.

Determining Liability in Elder Abuse Cases

Numerous parties may be at fault for administering prohibited medication to your elderly loved one. Regardless of whether the abuse is intentional or not, the abuse is unlawful.

The nursing home administration has a duty to make sure they hire qualified caregivers and that the staff members are properly trained. If the administration fails to ensure that caregivers can adequately perform the functions of their job, the management may have been negligent and may be liable for any injuries caused by an inept caregiver.

A caregiver or aid may have given prohibited medication by accident. A caregiver has a duty to exercise reasonable care to ensure that the residents under their care are treated properly. If a caregiver fails in their duty by giving a resident prohibited medication, they may have been negligent and liable for any resulting complications.

A caregiver may also intentionally give a resident prohibited medication in some instances. If the medication is prohibited, no matter why the caregiver administers the medication, the act is wrong and the caregiver can be held liable under different civil and even criminal laws.

Why Do I Need an Attorney?

If your elderly loved one has suffered nursing home abuse by being given prohibited medication, determining who can be held liable for it can be complicated. You have more important things to worry about than trying to understand the complicated nuances of the law. The experienced attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC are here to guide you through the legal complexities of your case to win you the compensation you deserve with as little stress as possible.

Why choose us?

Our team of compassionate attorneys has been helping clients in Chicago get the compensation they deserve since 1970. Over the years, we have collected nearly half a billion dollars for clients, and you can trust that we won’t stop fighting for you until you get the compensation you are entitled to and the abuse of your loved one is ended.

For a confidential consultation, contact the highly qualified attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC by calling 312-346-8620, filling out a contact form, or starting an online chat on our website now.

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Our Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys want to get your loved one the money they deserve for their suffering and ensure that nursing home abuse is promptly ended. With over 45 years of experience serving clients in Chicago, our attorneys have the skill and knowledge to get results.

If your loved one is suffering nursing home abuse by being given prohibited medications, contact Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC today to help end their abuse. Call us at 312-346-8620 to set up your free consultation.

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Written by Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC Last Updated : December 6, 2023