It seems that the American public and judicial system has finally realized that opioid addiction and opioid related injuries and deaths remain one of the biggest causes for concern in the future. How we got to this point is up for debate, but allegations in numerous lawsuits claim that opioid painkiller manufacturers knew the dangers of addiction such drugs presented, while doctors knew the dangers that over-prescribing such drugs could cause. State Attorney Generals and individuals alike are starting to fight back by filing lawsuits against opioid drug manufacturers to be responsible for the cost of addiction and deaths related to such drugs. As noted in a report by WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland, a lawsuit filed against OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma alleges that they failed to warn doctors and patients of the dangers associated with taking the drug.
Who can claim to be a victim?
Clearly, not everyone who was prescribed opioids or painkillers can claim to be a victim. The abuse of opioids is widespread, largely in part due to consumer misuse of such drugs. But there are instances when a person was over prescribed opioids by his/her physician, which led to a debilitating addiction that could have been avoided. In addition, the drug manufacturers have placed a knowingly addictive product into the public mainstream that can easily lead to overdoses and death.
If you or a loved one struggle with opioid addiction, know that you are not alone. Please visit The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for treatment centers and general help at www.samhsa.org.
Sometime in the future, courts across the United States will have to decide if opioid painkiller manufacturers are liable for damages related to these drugs. To see if you have a possible claim in the opioid lawsuit you should contact an attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm by calling 901-526-9494 to determine your eligibility.
As we mentioned above, not everyone will be eligible for compensation. Some of the determining factors are:
- A loved one suffered death related to an opioid overdose
- You or a loved one was hospitalized related to an opioid overdose
- The claimant suffered injuries as a direct result of the opioids he/she was prescribed and taking at the time of the incident.
Opioid lawsuits on behalf of individuals are looking to recoup related drub rehabilitation costs, possible funeral expenses, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. There is a possibility a court could award punitive damages if it is determined that drug manufacturers knowingly misled the public consumer on the dangers and addictiveness of opioid painkillers.
We can help
Opioid addiction is a horrifying disease for those suffering and their family members trying to help. If you or someone you know has suffered an opioid related injury or death, then legal assistance and guidance is available from The Chiozza Law Firm. Contact an attorney at 901-526-9494 or by emailing Brian Chiozza. It will not cost you anything to speak with an attorney about a potential claim. We want to provide you with an honest legal opinion about your claim, hopefully helping and guiding you through this difficult time.
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