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When A Nursing Home Puts Residents Into A ‘Chemical Straightjacket’

To take good care of our elderly loved one is the job and guarantee of nursing homes. We trust that they will follow through on their promise. Many of us are paying incredible sums of money each month to ensure that our elderly loved ones are being tenderly cared for in the best way possible. But not all nursing homes are following through. Some use drugs to keep residents in a stupor so that they do not require as much attention. This is dangerous and illegal.

The skilled nursing home neglect and abuse team at Reddick Law can help. We know you may be unsure as to what to do. We offer a free consultation and case evaluation so that you can better understand the issue and your rights. Call 877-930-2080 to set up a meeting or conversation.

Medications That Are Frequently Overused

Physical restraints are no longer legal, but “chemical straightjackets” are sadly being employed by nursing homes to sedate patients to the point of constant sleeping. The staff uses the drugs for its own convenience, not to improve the life of the elderly person. Many different drugs can induce a heavily sedated or sleeping state. The most commonly used drugs are:

  • Antipsychotic drugs (especially haloperidol, risperidone and olanzapine, clozapine, Zyprexa and Seroquel)
  • Psychotropic drugs (any drug that affects a person’s mental state, and many drugs fall into this category)
  • Antidepressants (such as Luvox, Paxil and Celexa)
  • Benzodiazepines (for example, Valium, Xanax, Librium, lorazepam, diazepam and others)

These drugs should never be used inappropriately. Facilities and caregivers who unnecessarily sedate residents just to make their job easier need to be held accountable. Additionally, these medications can cause permanent brain damage. It is important to note that medication errors can and often do cause serious injury and, in some cases, death. These medication errors can happen in a nursing home and in a medical facility or hospital.

The Trusted Team To Turn To For Medication Errors

Our firm was established over a decade ago, in 2011. Each attorney and team member of our firm is committed to vigorously representing and protecting the rights of the injured and the victims of negligence.

Our team helps the families and victims of tragic, life-changing injuries. When appropriate, we aggressively pursue fair and just compensation for our clients. We represent the injured and their families in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. As personal injury attorneys, we provide legal support and guidance for victims in a wide variety of matters.

We endeavor to help our clients receive complete and timely compensation for their injuries and losses. We have earned our reputation for aggressively pursuing our clients’ interests and the ability to obtain impressive case results, with many verdicts and settlements in the millions of dollars. We work closely with medical professionals who specialize in serious injuries, which allows us to fully understand and appreciate the impact such injuries have on the individual as well as on the families of those injured. In addition, we utilize advanced trial technology in order to present evidence in a more user-friendly and accessible way. If you or a loved one has been injured, please contact us at 877-930-2080 or fill out our free online consultation form.