In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania opioids are responsible for countless numbers of ruined lives, disrupted families and wrongful deaths just as in the rest of the country. An opioid is any number of highly addictive medications that are either in natural form or synthetic form. A common scenario leading to opioid addiction is someone is injured in an auto accident, or a workers’ comp accident or due to medical malpractice and part of their recovery is a pain medication regimen. As these drugs, while effective at helping with pain, are very addictive the patient can absolutely become addicted to them. As of July 31, 2020 tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed by accident and injury victims as well as those who have lost a loved one due to opioid overprescription. In addition. to individual who have suffered losses due to the opioid epidemic states, cities and municipalities are also filing claims against drug companies in an effort to recover costs associated with the opioid epidemic. If you, or a loved one, have felt the pain and devastation caused by opioid addiction you may be able to seek legal recourse via a personal injury lawsuit. Our Pennsylvania medication injury attorneys handling opioid lawsuits provide free case reviews and charge no fees if they do not recover for you and your family.
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Types Of Opioids
An opiate is an opium based drug used for pain management in Western medicine. They dull pain of all types and come in different strengths, doses and routes of administration. Common ones are:
While many accident and injury victims take these as prescribed until they no longer need them others do not. Some people, who never showed any signs of alcohol or drug addiction, can become dependent on these drugs and if supply runs out (doctor stops prescribing them) they will take to the black market, the internet and or buying heroin as it is a natural opiate.
Defendants In Opioid Lawsuits
A defendant in a lawsuit is the person, business or entity who is being sued for the wrongdoing. In opioid litigation claims there are more than one dozen defendants currently named in thousands of lawsuits. These are opioid manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and individual doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers:
- Allergan including Allergan Finance
- AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation
- Cardinal Health Inc.
- Endo Health Solutions, its affiliates and subsidiaries
- Endo International, its affiliates and subsidiaries
- Janssen Pharmaceuticals including its parent company Johnson & Johnson
- Mallinckrodt, LLC, its affiliates and subsidiaries
- McKesson Corporation
- Purdue Pharma, its affiliates and subsidiaries
- Rite-Aid Corporation
- Rochester Drug Cooperative Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., its affiliates and subsidiaries
- Wal-Mart & Sam’s Club
Regardless of what drug company made the opioids you were prescribed, or whether they were brand name or generic version, you may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation for the financial, professional, emotional and physical losses you suffered as a result of your opioid addiction.
Opioid Addiction Statistics
The National Institute for Drug Abuse says that more than 128 people die from opioid overdoses on a daily basis in this country. as of the end of 2018. Opioids come in a variety of forms, including heroin and synthetic versions like fentanyl.
But opioids and the risks they carry aren’t limited to illegal drugs. They’re also present in hospitals and pharmacies throughout the country in the form of prescription pain medications. Opioid medications are big business in our country, with 80 percent of all prescription opioids being sold and used in the United States alone.
Because of the high capacity of addiction, overdose and death with opioids, physicians are cautious about who they prescribe the medications to and the dosages they receive. However, some doctors are less discerning to the point of negligence, which can lead to their patients suffering serious health problems and even fatal overdoses. Also, there are pain clinics throughout the country that sell opioids directly to patients at what are known as ‘pill mills’. If you, your child, parent or other family member is struggling with opioid addiction please connect with our Pennsylvania injury attorneys handling opioid lawsuits.
Liability In Opioid Injury & Wrongful Death Claims
There are a couple of different ways victims of opioid addiction can obtain benefits, medical care and financial compensation. One way is via a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor, pain clinic, hospital or healthcare organization that prescribed the medication to you. There is always a paper trail of this and proving negligence via over-prescribing can be done by our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania opioid overprescription lawyers.
A mass tort lawsuit, which is filed against the drug manufacturer, is another way to obtain benefits and compensation. Many drug companies, such as Purdue Pharma, have agreed to billions of dollars in settlements for the wreckage created by the drugs they made. In these cases it is usually alleged that the manufacturer did not properly warn the public, doctors or hospitals of the capacity for addiction, overdose and wrongful death. The drug company is then liable for the injuries to the patients.
No matter who is liable for the havoc wreaked on your life, family, career and health our Erie, Pennsylvania injury attorneys will hold them accountable and get you the benefits and financial compensation you deserve.
Product Liability Attorneys Handling Opioid Lawsuits
The opioid epidemic in the U.S. isn’t a new phenomenon. Doctors have known about the dangers of opioids and painkiller medications for many years. Despite that knowledge, some doctors give opioid prescriptions that are too potent, inappropriate for their health conditions, or to patients who are at risk for developing addictions. Other doctors may fail to monitor their patients for complications.
Our Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers hold negligent doctors responsible when they fail to take the necessary precautions before and after prescribing opioid medications. We’ve seen the devastation that these medications can cause to patients and their families, and it’s our goal to help innocent victims get the compensation they deserve. Please contact us today for a free consultation to find out how our medication injury attorneys can help.
Opioid Litigation News & Updates
Today, October 21st, 2020, Oxycontin manufacturer Purdue Pharma LP has agreed to a settlement worth $8.3 billion dollars. They have also plead guilty to felony charges for fraud, misleading the public and how they marketed and distributed their drug Oxycontin. The litigation has been going on for several years as opioids have killed almost 500,000 people since 1999. If you, or a loved one, has been a victim of the opioid crisis you have right and may qualify for benefits and financial compensation.