A California nursing home, that is located in Northern Calfornia, has faced two different medical malpractice wrongful death cases. These were related to deaths of two different residents in 2011.
The first case was related to a man that had entered the hospital in January of 2011. He was being treated for kidney disease as well as an infection. When he was discharged from the hospital he was placed in a nursing home in order to receive physical therapy. He was found in his room one hour after being left alone. He was unconscious on the floor and he had a head injury. He then died in the hospital two days later because of brain swelling.
The family filed a medical malpractice case that said the nursing home staff did not have enough staff to care for the needs of the residents. This caused them to be negligent and it caused this mans death.
The second case involves a woman that was transferred to the nursing home in 2011 after she was in the hospital. While at the nursing home she was to be given morphine sulfate and Xanax. She was to be given these three times a day or every eight hours. However, she was given both every four hours during the day. The case reported that she was given more morphine sulfate and Xanax than she was actually prescribed by doctors.
The lawsuit has alleged that because she was overmedicated by both of these, she was sent to the hospital in order to be evaluated and treated. This woman was then diagnosed with morphine overdose and this caused kidney failure. It took two and a half weeks for her to die from acute renal failure.
It is not uncommon for individuals to suffer from errors related to medications in nursing homes. There are times when the wrong amount of medication is given or individuals receive the wrong medications. But, when there are medication errors individuals can be harmed. Residents that are sick and elderly could suffer from serious harm or even death.
Many patients are not able to participate in their own care. They may not be able to ask questions and this can be a real problem. For example, if a patient always had a red pill but today it is blue they may not be able to ask about this change. “When individuals are not able to stand up for themselves they need a professional that can help.” “Professionals that understand the law can help to ensure that justice is done and that others are not harmed. I have dedicated my professional life to working for those that need assistance when they have been harmed because of others.” Always speak with an attorney that specializes in these types of cases to get the assistance that you need when you need it the most.