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Hollywood Withholding Medication or Intentionally Over-Medicating

In assisted living facilities and nursing homes, patients and residents are expected to get their prescribed medication on time and should have access to over-the-counter medications if they are doctor approved. Unfortunately, a common type of medical neglect and abuse can and does occur when staff either deliberately over-medicate residents or withhold medication.

If this has happened to a loved one in care, you can always reach the compassionate and professional legal professionals at Flaxman Law Group to set up a free, no obligation consultation. Your loved one does not have to suffer injustice, abuse, and neglect alone. There may be legal options you have to protect your family member and get them into a safer environment. Contact the Hollywood law offices of Flaxman Law Group to find out more.

Withholding Medication

There are many reasons why a nursing home or assisted living facility with could be withholding medication from an elderly loved one:

  • Understaffing may mean that not everyone gets their medication as prescribed
  • Poor communication or negligence can mean staff do not know which resident needs what medication
  • Withholding medication on purpose as a form of punishment
  • Withholding medication intentionally to reduce costs
  • Poor organization or negligence leading to lack of adequate medication on site

When elderly loved ones are in a nursing home or assisted living facility, they're expected to get the medication that they have been prescribed by their doctor, and they should also have access to over-the-counter medications if they are approved by a doctor. Not getting adequate medication can be very serious, since some medication can cause side effects and complications if it is not taken in the correct dosage and at the right times. Suddenly cutting off medication or missing a dose can have severe consequences for someone who is ill. Not getting access to medication as needed can also leave a resident in pain and can reduce quality of life.


In some cases, understaffed facilities and nursing homes in Hollywood and other communities will intentionally overmedicate a patient in order to make them compliant and in order to make them quiet. When residents are overmedicated, they often do not require as much care and they are easier to handle for staff. This type of practice is not only negligent, but it is also extremely unethical. Intentionally overmedicating a resident means that residents live in a sort of twilight state, with a reduced quality of life and do not fully get to enjoy the life around them. There is no excuse for over-medicating a patient.

If you suspect that an elderly loved one is being under medicated or overmedicated, you deserve answers. Contact Flaxman Law Group today to find out what can be done in your situation. Flaxman Law Group attorneys adhere to high standards of skill and integrity, and we fight on behalf of victims who cannot speak for themselves as well as on behalf of plaintiffs who have nowhere else to turn. Contact the full-service law firm today for your free, no obligation consultation.