Many Kids Are Being Poisoned with Prescription Drugs
A recent report in the Journal of Pediatrics indicates the number of children being poisoned with prescription drugs is actually increasing despite efforts to package the drugs more safely. Studies performed by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and University of Cincinnati researchers indicate over 500,000 children age five or less had to be taken to Emergency Rooms because of suspected prescription drug poisoning during the period 2001 – 2008. This was a 22 percent increase over the prior seven-year period.
The drugs most likely to cause the need for ER visits were opioids, sedatives, and cardiac drugs. Obviously, it is important to keep these medications out of the reach of young children. Drug manufacturers and pharmacies, however, also need to do a better job of developing and using packaging which prevents a young child from getting access to a dangerous drug that is inadvertently left within his/her reach.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)