Overmedication of Nursing Home Patients
When a loved one can no longer take care of him or herself because of old age or a serious medical condition, you may need to place them in some sort of assisted living facility, such as a nursing home. Although you expect your loved one to benefit from this living situation because of the 24/7 care they claim to provide, thousands of nursing home residents are abused and / or neglected every year. One form of abuse that individuals in these facilities can be the victims of is overmedication.
Unfortunately, taking action against those responsible for your loved one’s unnecessary pain and suffering can be a complicated and time-consuming process. That is why you need an experienced lawyer on your side to help you make this process as fast and easy as possible. Contact a San Diego injury attorney with Ritter & Associates today at (619) 296-0123 and let us get started on building your case.
Signs of Overmedication
Statistics indicate that there are four unreported cases of nursing home abuse for every one reported case. That is why it is important that you remain aware of your loved one’s actions and condition so you can spot any possible warning signs of abuse as soon as possible. Some common symptoms of overmedication that you should look out for include:
- Constant feeling of fatigue
- Memory loss
- Reclusiveness (even around loved ones)
- Pain, especially abdominal pain
- Surprising decline in overall health since being admitted
If your loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, make sure you take immediate medical and legal action.
If you believe that your loved one is being mistreated in a nursing home, do not hesitate to secure the assistance you need to pursue justice. To learn more about what we can do to help at this time, contact a San Diego accident lawyer with Ritter & Associates today by calling (619) 296-0123 and schedule an initial consultation.