The United States government reports that approximately 130 people die each day in the United States after overdosing on opioids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the total economic burden of opioid misuse in this country is nearly $80 billion a year. As federal and local governments work to regulate pharmaceutical companies and doctors, victims and families of the opioid epidemic are suffering. The team at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. is here when you need a medical malpractice attorney.
Could opioid prescriptions lead to medical malpractice?
Opioids have widely been marketed and sold is the best method to alleviate pain. However, many of these drugs mimic the effects that heroin has on a person’s body. Please be aware that any of the following commonly prescribed medications are considered opioids, according to Johns Hopkins:
- Hydrocodone (brand name Vicodin)
- Oxycodone (brand name OxyContin, Percocet)
Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical communities and patients that they would not become addicted to prescription opioids. We now know that that is not the case in that both pharmaceutical companies and doctors knew of the dangers of opioids.
In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died as a result of opioid overdoses. Researchers also estimate that 1.7 million Americans suffered from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioids.
Many lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of opioids, the doctors who prescribe them, and the pharmacists who fill them. These defendants may end up paying billions of dollars to victims and families who have suffered due to opioids.
Signs and symptoms of opioid abuse and addiction
If you or someone you love has been taking prescription opioids, please learn to recognize the side effects related to their use. This can include:
- Sudden changes in mood
- Slurred speech
- Impaired judgment
- Diminished attention
- Pinpoint pupils (pupils that constrict abnormally)
- Uncontrollable movements of arms and legs
- Inability to perform basic tasks
- Diminished awareness of imminent dangers
- Hypoventilation (which is dramatically slowed breathing)
You may need to file a lawsuit to recover compensation
If you or someone you love is suffering from an opioid injury or addiction, or if you have lost a loved one due to an opioid overdose, seek legal assistance immediately. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are ready to discuss your case and determine the best course of action to receive the compensation you deserve. This could include:
- Compensation for all medical expenses related to the opioids
- Coverage of lost income and benefits if you cannot work
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Wrongful death benefits
- Punitive damages against the doctor or pharmaceutical company
When you need an opioid-related medical malpractice attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 866-597-8572. Our goal is to prove malpractice on your doctor’s part so we can prevent other families from suffering in the future.