A medication error can be deadly. In this case in a Kentucky nursing home, a certified medical technician gave insulin to someone who didn’t need it, and the patient died. Two other patients were injected by this same technician, but they lived through the ordeal.
Most nursing homes and hospitals have protocols for ensuring that patients receive the right medicine. If a patient is still the victim of a medication error, that is an act of negligence or even abuse, and families of that patient can take action.
Kentucky Med-Tech Pleads Guilty in Woman’s Death
One example of the potential harm that a nursing home employee can cause is illustrated by a recent news report concerning a guilty plea entered by a man who worked (through an employment agency) at Parkway Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (previously known simply as “Parkway Medical Center”) in Louisville in 2007. Apparently, while performing his duties as a certified medical technician, the man injected an 86-year-old patient with insulin, a medication for which the patient had no medical need. She died as a result.
The man has now entered a plea of guilty to murder and has been sentenced to 25 years of incarceration. Under state law, he will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least 20 years. He is currently 36 years old.
While medical errors are, unfortunately, common in nursing home environments, the man allegedly acted intentionally because he “wanted to go to jail,” due to an illness and his lack of money. His plea agreement acknowledged that he also injected two other patients with insulin, even though those patients also did not require such medication.
What Can Be Done About Nursing Home Abuse
Although the news stories regarding the Louisville nursing home worker’s guilty plea did not mention a companion civil lawsuit, it is possible that the deceased resident’s family could have asserted a claim for damages against the nursing center where the man was employed at the time of the patient’s death.
To be successful in a nursing home negligence lawsuit, the plaintiff must be able to show that the facility breached a duty of care and that this breach of duty was the proximate cause of harm sustained by the plaintiff. Potential damages in such an action include the payment of medical expenses associated with the injury or wrongful death and compensation for pain and suffering and emotional distress.
The statute of limitations for a nursing home negligence claim is one year in Kentucky.
Contact an Attorney if Your Loved One May Have Been Abused
If you even suspect that your loved one has been a victim of nursing abuse, neglect, or other mistreatment, the time to act is now. The longer you wait, the more harm that may come to your loved one and the more difficult that your case may be to prove later. For an appointment with an experienced Kentucky nursing home medication error attorney, call English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley at (270) 781-6500 and ask for a free consultation. We represent clients throughout Kentucky, including those from Bowling Green, Tompkinsville, Glasgow, Smith’s Grove, Elkton, and Hopkinsville.
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