The case involved overdosage of insulin and subsequent failure to monitor a diabetic patient.
Our elderly client was admitted to a nursing home for rehabilitation after a fall at home resulting in a hip fracture. The client was an insulin-dependent diabetic, so the nursing home was responsible for monitoring her glucose levels and administering insulin while she was in the facility.
The nurses at the facility were inadequately trained on the types and effects of insulin, and rigidly applied a sliding scale for administration of insulin. As a result, our client received multiple large doses of short-acting insulin over a couple hour period, and fell into a hypoglycemic coma. When she was found unconscious and unresponsive, she was administered several doses of glucagon, but it was too late. The hypoglycemic shock had resulted in anoxic brain damage and died shortly thereafter.
Our lawyers filed suit and settled the case with the nursing home in the six-figures.