When you put a family member in a senior living facility, you entrust their well-being to the staff. Unfortunately, professionals sometimes overmedicate patients because of neglect or intentional abuse. Nursing home neglect may have serious consequences for patients, presenting grounds for legal action. Use the guide below to learn more about this issue and keep your loved one safe.

A Guide to Overmedication

What is it?

Overmedication occurs when a medical professional gives a patient a higher dosage of medication than they need to remain healthy. The issue sometimes happens in overcrowded treatment centers and nursing homes, as sedated patients are typically calmer and easier to manage.

Whether it occurs accidentally due to staff error or intentionally to keep people docile, this practice can have physical and emotional consequences.

How can I tell if someone is overmedicated?

Changes to a medication regimen may not be included in the person’s medical records, so look out for symptoms when visiting a loved one in a nursing home.

Nursing Home NeglectA person who is overly sedated may display lethargy or excessive drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, coordination issues, irritability, and sudden behavioral or emotional changes. They may also complain of increased sleeping patterns and weight changes.

What should I do if I suspect my loved one is being given too much medicine?

If you notice any of the above signs, contact an attorney as soon as possible. The professional will discuss the situation with you to verify that it could constitute nursing home neglect.

They will then help you collect evidence that the dosage amounts don’t correspond to your loved one’s needs. With this information, you can file a claim and potentially obtain compensation for your family member.

What types of damages can I recover from a lawsuit?

It depends on the case. If your loved one sustained an injury or illness as a result of overmedication, you might receive compensation to cover medical expenses and pain and suffering. Punitive damages may be awarded if the attorney can provide that a medical professional overmedicated your loved one intentionally. 


If you believe a family member may be overmedicated, contact Miraldi & Barrett, Co. The seasoned attorneys at this law firm have represented clients throughout Lorain, OH, and the greater Cleveland area since 1949. Giving every case the attention it deserves, they don’t collect attorney fees unless they successfully recover damages. Visit their website to learn more about nursing home neglect, or call (440) 233-1100 to set up a consultation.