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Sex Abuse in Foster Care: Why Does It Happen?

One in five children in the U.S. is a victim of sex abuse. Children in foster care face an even higher probability of being sexually abused. In fact, in some states, the rate of sex abuse in foster care may be as much as 28 times higher than in the general population. With nearly a […]

Cyber Bullying Laws: Can They Protect Our Children?

Bullying is nothing new; ever since schoolchildren have gathered on playgrounds, youngsters have been singled out by their peers. But, some things have changed, and the disturbing new trend of cyber bullying has turned social media outlets into a hotbed of abusive electronic communications that can sweep through the internet in moments, sometimes with deadly […]

A Late Notice of Claim Does Not Have To Be a Death Knell

In New York, special notice-of-claim requirements apply to personal injury claims against government entities or operators. In most cases it is vital to ensure that the appropriate entity receives a proper notice of the claim on time. However, giving a late notice of claim is not always fatal to a case. Notice-of-Claim Requirements If an […]

The Changing Arena of Pharmacy Practice

Recent Developments In the past 20 years the pharmacist’s new role as therapeutic advisor is most noticeable in the hospital setting. But the duty to oversee drug therapy in the community through the use of patient profiles is another vital aspect of pharmacy practice. Social and market forces have combined to influence the environments in […]

Proving Pharmacist Negligence

To prove that a person acted negligently, one must show that he or she failed to exercise a degree of care that a person of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances. To win a pharmacist negligence case, the plaintiff must prove four elements: duty, breach of that duty, injury or harm, and […]

Medication Errors: The Duties of the Pharmacist

The practice of pharmacy has greatly evolved from ancient times to the present. In colonial America, the village apothecary served as both doctor and pharmacist. Later, as “druggists,” pharmacists acquired the skills to compound and formulate more complex medicines. The rise of the pharmaceutical industry after WWII diminished the pharmacist’s role as compounder of drugs. […]

Top Ten Drugs Involved in Medication Errors

Every year, as many as 7,000 Americans die because of medication errors. Many of these deaths are preventable and, in spite of efforts to reduce prescription mistakes, these tragedies persist. Developing an understanding as to how these problems arise is the best way to anticipate problems and avoid being hurt by drugs that, for the […]

Top Ten Drugs Involved in Medication Errors: Heparin

#5 Heparin Basic Characteristics Heparin is an anticoagulant. It is used to reduce the clotting ability of the blood and to prevent the formation of harmful clots in blood vessels. Heparin is sometimes called a blood thinner but it does not actually thin the blood. Although it will not dissolve clots that have already formed, […]

Top 10 Drugs Involved in Medication Errors: Albuterol

#4 Albuterol Basic Characteristics Albuterol is a drug used to treat the symptoms of asthma, an inflammatory lung disease that causes difficulty in breathing. Asthma is a chronic condition in which the airways react when stimulated by an allergen or other triggers in the environment. Symptoms of an asthma attack include wheezing, shortness of breath, […]

Top Ten Drugs Involved in Medication Errors: Potassium Chloride

#3 Potassium Chloride Basic Characteristics Potassium is a mineral found in many foods, including tomatoes, beans, peas, lentils, bananas and sweet potatoes. The body requires a certain level of potassium in order to keep the heart beating. Potassium chloride is a compound created by combining potassium and chlorine. This compound dissolves more quickly in the […]

Top Ten Drugs Involved in Medication Errors: Morphine

#2 Morphine Basic Characteristics Morphine is an opioid pain medication made from the opium poppy. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain and is one of the world’s oldest known analgesics (pain relievers). Morphine is also classified as a narcotic drug and works by changing the way the body senses pain. Morphine can […]

Top Ten Drugs Involved in Medication Errors: Insulin

#1: Insulin Basic Characteristics Insulin is a hormone made by cells inside the pancreas. Its purpose is to help the body use and store the blood glucose it obtains from food. In people with Type 1 diabetes the pancreas can no longer produce insulin. Therefore, these patients require insulin shots in order to make use […]

Medication Error and the Role of Compounding Pharmacies

Beginning in the 1990s, people with severe back and neck pain began to rely on spinal steroid injections to relieve their discomfort and help them avoid surgery. The injections, which combine a steroid with a numbing medication, seemed to quiet irritated and inflamed nerves. By 2011, 2.5 million Medicare patients, along with an equal number […]

Prescription Error: Wrong Label, Wrong Dosage, Wrong Advice

Medication errors can be costly and are often caused by the hectic, multi-tasking work environments of many drug retailers. In one scenario, a busy pharmacist receives a telephone call from a doctor’s office with a prescription order for digoxin, a heart drug. The pharmacist counts out the correct mediation, pours it into a bottle, prepares […]

Prescription Errors: The Wrong Drug

Nowadays, there seems to be a pill for just about everything. For those of us lucky enough not to be sick, pharmaceutical companies will happily sell us drugs to fend off a multitude of potential maladies. Unlike in the past, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came under constant criticism for taking too long […]

Airbnb: When a home becomes a hotel

The new frontier of the sharing economy brings many rewards and much confusion.  By making their cars or their homes available for others to use, people benefit financially while offering convenient, lower cost services to their consumers.  This enormously popular business model has gone positively global.  Airbnb’s home sharing network now covers 190 countries and […]

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Elevator Accidents | New York Personal Injury Law Firm | Orlow Law

Plaintiff fell into elevator’s shaft, claimed doors malfunctioned Settlement: $2,875,000 Case: Bruce M v Saunders Apartments, Inc., Vision Enterprise Management, LLC and Skyline Elevators, Inc., No. 14074/06 Court: Queens Supreme Judge: Janice A. Taylor Date: 12/12/2008 Plantiff Attorney(s) Adam M. Orlow; The Orlow Firm, Flushing, NY DefenseAttorney(s) Patrick J. Crowe; Crowe & Fassberg, New Hyde […]

Elevators: How Safe Are They?

In the U.S., elevator and escalator accidents kill about 30 people a year and seriously injure 17,000. The vast majority (90%) of these incidents involve elevators, which also account for well over half the injuries. There are an estimated 900,000 elevators in the U.S., each of which serves about 20,000 people annually. All U.S. elevators […]

Re-thinking Our Approach to Lead Exposure in Children

I. Measuring the Harm There is no safe level of lead exposure in children. According to a preliminary 2012 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, current standards for measuring blood lead level (BLL) in children are inaccurate and misleading. Furthermore, addressing the harm retroactively is not nearly as important as preventing it. […]