Nursing home abuse and neglect has become quite pervasive in the United States, and these dreadful crimes are taking place daily in our nation’s nursing facilities.
A California woman had been diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 79 while she was a patient at a nursing home facility in Washington state. Her daughter discovered that the healthcare workers in charge of her care were administering her toxic levels of morphine. According to physician orders, morphine was not to be used unless she was in pain or asked for it specifically. According to the family’s attorney, not one record indicated that she was in pain.
The woman’s family has filed a lawsuit against the nursing home operator after a county medical examiner ruled her death a homicide by morphine overdose.
When the woman arrived back at the nursing home after being treated for pneumonia in a local hospital, the staff was given very clear instructions from her physician that included carefully prescribed doses of morphine to manage her pain as needed.
According to the family’s attorney, “The day after returned to the home, her condition began a dramatic slide downward, fueled by repeated injections of large doses of morphine and other drugs well beyond her doctor’s orders.” In one single day, she received six doses of morphine.
The reason for the administration of the high doses of morphine had not yet been determined at the time of this writing.
If your elderly loved one has been a victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing facility in Mobile or anywhere in Alabama, please contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at Long & Long, Attorneys at Law today to schedule your confidential consultation.