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Experienced Washington DC and Maryland Medication Errors Lawyer – Attorney Walter E. Laake, Jr.

Maryland Medication Errors Lawyer

Some estimates say up to 100,000 people die each year from reactions to medications, improper medications, and medication errors, with 7000 of those deaths in hospitals alone.  When you consider that these are just the deaths that are actually reported and linked to prescription medications, the ones that go unreported could raise that number to staggering heights.  It is frightening to think of how much medication we are typically prescribed in a year and of the odds of getting an incorrect medication or one that could harm us.  It is an especially sobering thought for those who take one, two, three or more medications on a regular basis for chronic conditions. 

A Maryland medication errors lawyer understands the laws regarding incorrectly prescribed medications, and can investigate your case if you believe you are the victim of a medication error.  There are several types of medication errors that cause harm and even death in this country.  Right now there is a long list of prescription medications—some recalled, some still widely prescribed—that are known to have adverse side effects.  Doctors can prescribe a medication that you are known to be allergic to, or that reacts badly with another medication you are currently taking—something preventable by a quick check of your records, and then again preventable at the pharmacy by a similar check.  Doctors sometimes prescribe incorrect medications for your condition, which means not only are you taking something unnecessary that could harm you, but your condition is going untreated and likely worsening.

Other medication errors include the doctor prescribing the wrong dosage of a medication, which can be fatal depending on the drug, and a pharmacy giving you the incorrect medication or the wrong dosage.  If you have been seriously injured as the result of a medication you are taking, immediately contact Maryland medication errors lawyer, Walter E. Laake, Jr., to discuss your case.

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