Twenty-six miles south of Baltimore City and located next to the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of the Severn River, Annapolis is not only the seat of Maryland’s state government but is also known to boaters and sailors around the world as “America’s Sailing Capital.” With a population approaching 40,000 residents, Annapolis is also the county seat of Anne Arundel County — though it should not be confused with Annapolis Junction, MD, which is an unincorporated community located in Howard County.
Considered part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, Annapolis occupies less than seven square miles of land area and is perhaps best known as home to the United States Naval Academy. Though it is located a little less than 30 miles from our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C., few Americans would remember that the city was actually the temporary capital of the United States, albeit briefly, from 1783 to 1784.
As one of the United States’ earliest port cities, Annapolis was founded in 1649 and incorporated barely 60 years later in 1708. Located in the Province of Maryland, the original town was named Providence, but later became "Anne Arundel's Towne," being named for the wife of Lord Baltimore. From the mid-18th century until the American Revolutionary War, the area was well known for its wealthy and cultivated society.
With much of its modern waterfront area now home to private boats and recreational watercraft, one can only imagine Annapolis in its former capacity as the main port for this area of the country 200 years ago. At that time, the city was a bustling port until commerce fell off precipitously following the establishment of Baltimore as the primary port of entry back in 1780. Afterward, businesses such as sailmaking, boatbuilding and oyster packing became the city's main industries.
As the county seat of Anne Arundel County, Annapolis is also the location of one of Maryland’s many Circuit Courts. Located at 7 Church Circle in Annapolis, Anne Arundel Courthouse is remarkable in its own right, having been built between 1821 and 1824, and recognized as the third oldest courthouse in operation here in Maryland. Originally constructed with the intent to function as a safe repository for local county records, the entire structure is still used for this purpose today, in addition to providing meeting rooms for the Court itself, as well as officials of the county’s judiciary.
Having been updated over the years to meet the ever-changing needs of local and county government, the Anne Arundel Courthouse is the site of numerous criminal, civil and appellate cases every year. Cases heard in this venue include adoption hearings, appeals, criminal trials, family law cases and other civil disputes.
These days, Annapolis, like many cities across the nation, faces many challenges. Despite the difficult times, the city enjoys a thriving community theater scene, including a couple local venues in its historic district, as well as numerous museums and historical sites. Even with a moderate population, the Annapolis residential community is comprised of more than 15,000 households, nearly a quarter of which have children under the age of 18. A little less than 10 percent of the homes in the area have at least one individual aged 65 or older.
With more than a third of residences being home to individuals 45 years of age or old, the number of Annapolis residents who rely on some kind of prescribed medication is not insignificant. Because of this, one might expect a certain percentage of the population to be affected by a pharmacy error at some time in his or her life. These types of errors, also known as pharmacy misfills, can cause serious injuries and sometimes even death for the individuals who end up taking the incorrect medicine.
Cases regarding pharmacy errors, misfills or erroneous medication prescriptions constitute just a small fraction of the medical errors that occur all across the United States every year. In fact, it has been shown that more than 300,000 people are injured in hospital alone due to errors in medication. Furthermore, innocent individuals of all ages have been known to die following instances of incorrect medicine being administered by physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
At Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, our skilled Maryland malpractice attorneys are knowledgeable in the laws that cover pharmacy error. These kinds of cases can include instances of the wrong prescription medication being placed in a pill bottle, dispensing an incorrect dosage of a particular medication, mislabeled medicines or providing erroneous instructions, and even the selling of one individual’s prescription to another unwitting customer.
Often, the cause of these sometimes deadly misfills can be traced to the policies of a corporate pharmacy chain requiring its pharmacists to fill far too many prescriptions within a certain period of time. It has been suggested that there is a business culture pervading some pharmacies and drugstores that tends to promote a high volume of retail prescription sales to the potential detriment of quality service. To put it another way: sales over safety.
To do their job safely, pharmacists need to fill prescriptions with high accuracy and attention to detail. When corporate policies encourage greater and greater sales volume, pharmacy personnel are more apt to make mistakes while trying to meet sales quotas or other profit targets. As personal injury lawyers, Lebowitz & Mzhen believes quantity of prescriptions filled at certain pharmacies is being stressed over quality of customer care and personal safety.
To discuss issues related to pharmacy errors or any other instance of personal injury, such as a passenger car collision, nursing home neglect, pedestrian traffic accident or injury-related commercial trucking wreck, we can be contacted at 1-800-654-1949. We will be happy to schedule a complimentary initial consultation.
The law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen law maintains its main offices in the city of Owings Mills, Maryland, approximately 16 miles from Baltimore City. Situated at 10 Crossroads Drive, Suite 105, Owings Mills, MD, 21117, we can be reached by taking the Jones Falls Expressway to Interstate 695 West. After merging onto I-695 West/Baltimore Beltway Outer Loop towards Pikesville, travel an additional 4.4 miles then get off at the MD-140 North exit (Exit 20) and head toward Garrison. Turn right onto Reisterstown Road/MD-140 West, go 1.3 miles to Crossroads Drive and turn left. Take the first right onto Park Center Court; then make a left at the first available parking lot, which serves our offices. You will find us on the first floor in Suite 105.