Residents across northeastern Pennsylvania are often faced with the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home. It becomes increasingly complex to make the decision when reports arise citing nursing home negligence.
Attorney Christopher B. Slusser wants families to know that if you or a loved one was injured in a nursing home because of medical malpractice, medical neglect, or the willful actions of someone else, you deserve compensation for those injuries.
For example, a recent federal study found that more than 300,000 nursing home residents across the country are receiving antipsychotic medications. Although the drugs are designed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, a large number of nursing homes prescribe them for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia to help calm their anxiety and aggression.
However, antipsychotic drugs have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat dementia. When these drugs are prescribed inappropriately, they can increase the risk of heart failure, infections, and other serious health problems.
In addition, federal law prohibits using drugs simply to restrain nursing home residents, and requires nursing homes to get the consent of the resident or his or her personal representative before prescribing antipsychotics. Some nursing homes have been known to seek “consent” by casually mentioning to family members that they plan to give the resident “something to calm them down,” without fully explaining the seriousness of the drugs involved. It’s a good idea to ask questions and get all the details about any new medications.
If your loved one was the victim of nursing home negligence in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Schuylkill, Columbia, or Carbon County, the wrongful death attorneys of Slusser Law Firm can help you bring legal action if the nursing home broke the law and caused someone harm.