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  Volume 7  |  January 2018

Liability of Healthcare Providers in the Wake of Maryland’s Opioid Crisis

Oxycodone is the generic name for a range of opoid pain killing tablets. Prescription bottle for Oxycodone tablets and pills on metal table for opioid epidemic illustration
By: Joan Cerniglia-Lowensen, Esquire and Kathryn D. Jackson, Law Clerk

 
When it comes to opioid use, the U.S. is in a league of its own. Roughly eighty percent of the world’s opioid supply is consumed within the United States. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. The likely source of these staggering numbers? Prescription painkillers, which currently outnumber heroin overdose deaths by almost sixty percent. [1]  As a result of these overwhelming statistics, state legislature s have poured millions of dollars into combatting the epidemic. [2]  Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has declared a “State of Emergency”, pledging billions of dollars to treatment programs and stricter regulations for healthcare providers. In the wake of this highly publicized crisis, state governments and individuals alike are desperate to recoup the resulting devastating losses. This increases the spotlight on healthcare professionals who handle these types of substances.

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PK Law Members Patricia McHugh Lambert and Robert Campbell at Harmonie Conference

PK Law Members Patricia McHugh Lambert and Robert Campbell recently attended the Harmonie Winter Conference and presented on a topic of growing concern for defense counsel, “Mushrooming Claims: Recognizing When Simple Claims Threaten To Expand Beyond What Is Expected.”

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The February PK Law Insurance Insights will focus on t he growing problem of mushrooming claims.

About PK Law’s Insurance Group

PK Law’s Insurance Group is comprised of a deep bench of attorneys with an extensive range and level of experience in the insurance industry. Lead by Members Patricia McHugh Lambert and Joan Cerniglia-Lowensen, the Group is supported by Members, Steve Allen, Barry Bach, Robert Campbell and James Benjamin and Associates Kambon Williams, Aidan Smith and Kayleigh Toth-Keilty. All members of the Group receive mentoring and are trained to apply the techniques and analysis that the Group’s senior attorneys use including project management, identification of the stages and how to accurately evaluate a case.

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