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Nursing home abuse and neglect includes medication errors

When a Kentucky resident needs to put a loved one in a nursing home, it is done so that person will get the care they need to live a life as comfortable and as free of pain as possible. The residents can be elderly, have illnesses, conditions and injuries. Some will need help to do the basics of life and require medication to deal with their issues. The medical staff is tasked with providing care to ensure the residents are safe and cared for properly. Unfortunately, many facilities across the nation fall short in their stated responsibilities. If residents are injured or lose their lives because of that negligence, a legal filing might be necessary to recover compensation for nursing home abuse and neglect.

A nursing home for veterans in South Carolina was cited by federal regulators because it improperly administered medication to one of its residents. The facility was informed of the violation and the penalty in late-January. They are required to substantially comply by June. According to the investigation, the proper way to administer the medication to the patient was not adhered to. These errors occurred in August of last year. In October, the error was reported.

After the employee of the facility wrongly administered the medication to the resident, that person was dismissed. The facility will pay a fine of more than $500 per day until it shows that it is in substantial compliance. This facility had other incidents in which the staff was not as vigilant as it should have been. In 2008, a 76-year-old man died when another resident at the facility used a cane to beat him. In that case, the facility did not report the incident as it should have.

In nursing homes, there is an expectation on the part of residents' family members that the proper care will be given and abuse or mistakes will not be tolerated. In truth, these incidents happen in Kentucky and throughout the U.S. Often, people are unaware of what was happening until severe injuries and deaths have occurred. When there is suspicion that nursing home abuse and neglect contributed to or was the cause of a loved one being injured, ill or dying, having legal assistance to investigate the case is a must. A law firm that has experience in these cases can help.

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