October 15, 2011
A former worker at Woodstock nursing home in Illinois pleaded guilty to neglect of a care facility resident. The case involved the woman giving a patient an overdose of medicine which possibly led to the patient’s death.
The 60-year-old former nursing home worker originally faced more serious charges but prosecutors agreed to drop the charges in exchange for the guilty plea.
The woman now faces up to 3 years in prison for her nursing home abuse.
The issue of over-medicating patients in nursing homes is a big problem and a very dangerous form of nursing home abuse. Over-medicating is sometimes a result of carelessness on the part of staff and can have very serious consequences. Over-medicating nursing home residents has also been used as a cruel form of chemical restraint.
If you or a family member has been a victim of any form of nursing home abuse or neglect we recommend you contact a nursing home abuse lawyer right away.