If you have a family member in a nursing home, it is important to be aware of the facts about nursing home elder abuse. Unfortunately, it is all too common for nursing home staff to be guilty of unethical treatment of their residents. One of the worst offenses perpetrated is that of forced drugging. Be proactive if you think a loved one is being forcibly drugged. Contact me, Marc Sedwick, for legal assistance. You must move quickly if you believe your loved one has been overmedicated, because if you do not do so, this forced drugging may lead to irreversible health consequences, physical pain or even death.
Southern Indiana Nursing Home Abuse Attorney: Forced Drugging Cases
Forced drugging is when a patient is given drugs unnecessarily. There are drugs that are referred to as chemical restraints. These drugs make a
patient calm when they are aggressive; are actively fighting their doctors, nurses or caretakers; or pose a danger to themselves, and they are usually only used in an emergency. These drugs were designed to keep doctors and nurses safe in order to effectively treat a patient who is attempting to harm themselves or their caregivers.
In some cases, these drugs are misused in nursing homes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently found that over 185,000 nursing home patients received antipsychotic drugs (like chemical restraints) that were not prescribed to them and/or were against their doctors' orders. Could your loved one be one of them?
Sometimes, we know that we can no longer provide the care and assistance our elderly relatives need. We do our best to help them by putting them
into nursing homes, facilities that are better equipped than we are to give our relatives the medical care that they need. But there are cases in which nursing homes are not helping the elderly and are instead hurting them through the use of forced drugging to keep them quiet and reduce the amount of care and attention necessary for the patient.
If you believe your family member is the victim of forced drugging, you must act quickly, as their life may be at stake. Do not hesitate to hire an experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyer. At my firm, SedwickLaw, PC, I have dedicated my practice to helping the victims of crimes, including nursing home abuse and forced drugging, and pursuing the settlements or verdicts they need after having their lives changed by these criminal acts.