Medications administered in health care facilities (including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals) continues to be an important topic. In particular, the use – and appropriateness – of antipsychotic medications has become a controversial issue, particularly since many of the antipsychotic medicines are powerful and can have side-effects. (other posts concerning nursing home medication issues are seen in the “medications” category)
A recent wrongful death lawsuit filed in Tennessee against a nursing home highlights claims regarding inappropriate use of antipsychotic and psychotropic medications.
The lawsuit is described in the January 16, 2015 Greeneville Sun article titled “Life Care Of Greeneville Named In Wrongful Death Lawsuit.” (the lawsuit is seen at aarp.org (pdf))
Two excerpts from the article:
The suit alleges that, for a few days in August 2013 at Takoma Regional Hospital and then continuing until mid-October 2013 at Life Care Center of Greeneville, Tweed was administered powerful drugs that were inappropriate for his medical condition: dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (but not mental illness).
The drugs mentioned in the lawsuit — Seroquel, Geodon and Depakote — are described in the suit as “extremely powerful psychotropic medications” classified as “atypical anti-psychotic drugs.”
Seroquel and Geodon, the suit alleges, “and other atypical anti-psychotic drugs” have been shown to increase death in elderly patients who are suffering from dementia.
The lawsuit summarizes at one point: ” … the defendant failed to obtain informed consent for the treatment of [Keller’s] father and deviated from the standard of care in providing medical treatment while he was under their care.
“As a direct and proximate result of defendants’ acts and omissions, Mr. Tweed suffered serious and debiliating harm and injuries, ultimately resulting in death.”
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Greeneville Sun article mentioned above.
Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.
Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities. This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.
In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases.
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