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How to Avoid Being a Victim to Medication Errors

Medical Malpractice Lawyer Prescription medications can treat a wide range of health conditions and help people live longer lives. However, if medications are prescribed or administered incorrectly, it can lead to serious side effects. That is why it is important to be very involved in your care. Here are some different ways to avoid being a victim to medication errors.   Educate Yourself About Side Effects and Interactions You should not rely on your doctor to recognize potential issues with your medications. Take the time to learn about the possible side effects of your medications and interactions. For instance, grapefruit can negatively affect the way certain medications work.   Maintain an Updated List of Your Medications If you take medications on a daily basis, it is important to keep an updated list of them to give to your doctors and pharmacist. This way, you will not have to worry about forgetting medication names or dosages. Remember to include the full name of your medications, dosage and how long you have been taking them.   Ask the Right Questions There is no such thing as asking too many questions. The more questions you ask about your medications, the less likely mistakes will happen. For example, you may want to find out what you should do if you miss a dose or the steps you should take if you took medication with food that may cause a bad reaction.   Discuss Supplements and Over-the-Counter Medications When your doctor asks you about the medications you currently take, you have to include any supplements and over-the-counter medications. Just because you get them without a prescription, does not mean that they can’t interact with each other.   Go to the Same Pharmacy If it is feasible, use the same pharmacy for all of your medications. This way, your pharmacist will have an easier time keeping track of possible drug interactions.   Follow Up on Dosage If you are unsure about dosage, you should definitely contact your doctor immediately. For example, if your doctor told you to take a medication once a day and the pharmacist instructed you to take it twice a day, you will need some clarification.  If you suffered an injury from a medication error, you may want to schedule a consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer, like one from Disparti Law Group, to talk about your...
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How Can Witness Testimony Help Your Car Accident Claim?

Car Accident Lawyer Having an objective third-party statement about the events that led to the car crash can help you recover full compensation for your economic and non-economic damages. However, obtaining the statement on your own is generally not the best idea, especially if you have suffered serious injuries and are unable to deal with the witnesses. Partnering with an experienced personal injury lawyer helps you gather the necessary evidence, including eyewitness testimony, to strengthen your car accident claim and maximize your compensation.  Importance of an Eyewitness in an Accident Case Your memory can be flawed. You might also overlook important details. And over time, bias creeps into people’s stories. This is why eyewitness statements are essential for building your accident case. Witnesses have no self-interest in the situation and no connection with either party. Hence, your chosen car accident lawyer can utilize witness statements to: Encourage settlements and avoid risking the case Prevent inconsistent or false accounts of the accident Not allow statements to be used against you Help witnesses recall previous statements (via written declarations) Who Can Provide Witness Statements? Anyone who saw the accident or has other relevant information can testify on your behalf. Passengers in either vehicle can be considered witnesses. Objective testimony from eyewitnesses who were not involved in the accident can be very valuable. So to build your case, you would need statements from:  Other drivers or pedestrians present at the crash site Businesses around the accident location – they often have video of the accident from surveillance cameras Any store employees or customers How Does A Witness Statement Impact Your Case?  Eyewitnesses and witness statements are vital to prove who is at fault so you can prove liability and recover damages. Eyewitnesses can reveal some crucial details about the at-fault party. For instance, the at-fault driver may have been talking on the phone while driving. The witness may have also heard the at-fault driver make a statement about the accident. This can help counter the negligent party’s later testimony that he or she was not at fault for the accident.   If you are physically able to do so, we also always suggest victims gather witness information (name and contact number) firsthand, i.e., while still at the accident site.  These witnesses and their statements can be used to bolster your claim when fighting with the insurance company. Coupled with the assistance of a compassionate,...
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