Nursing Home Patient Dies After Receiving Another Resident's Medication

The family of a nursing home resident who died because due to neglect and medication errors has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the nursing home and six individuals. According to the lawsuit the 40-year-old mentally disabled male resident was admitted to the facility April 29.

According to the complaint, the man suffered from sleep apnea and required a CPAP machine, he was not admitted with the CPAP machine and no machine was made available to him at the facility. Also, on the evening the resident was admitted, he was given prescription drugs for another patient in addition to his own prescribed medication. The medication error and the lack of a CPAP machine compromised his ability to breathe, the lawsuit said.

The man's family also alleges that when nurses realized the man was given the wrong medications, they telephoned their supervisor who told them not to report the error or tell anyone else. The man was found dead by staff at 7:45 a.m. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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