Opioid Epidemic Lawsuits
Since 2016, drug overdose has become the leading cause of death in Americans younger than 50 – and a full two-thirds of those overdose deaths involved the misuse of opioids. Now reaching epidemic levels, the trend stretches back two decades to the introduction of opioids, synthetic drugs that mimic the behavior of naturally derived opiates like morphine and heroin.
Countless lives have been lost or irreparably harmed by the misuse of these drugs, and the companies that manufacture and market them are now being held accountable through opioid addiction lawsuits. If you or a loved one have been harmed by opioid addiction, attorneys from Osborne & Francis are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free case review. We’re trial-tested with a successful track record against pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. Put our experience to work for you.
Injuries Caused By Prescription Opioids
It isn’t your fault! Society stigmatizes the abuse of drugs, and there tends to be a particularly negative view of those addicted to street opiates like heroin. But if the current epidemic has taught us anything, it’s that many of those suffering the negative consequences of opioid addiction first became addicted through no fault of their own. Physicians and the pharmaceutical sales reps who encouraged them to overprescribe opioids are largely responsible for opioid addiction. Lawsuits are popping up all over the country, and you may qualify of you have been injured by a prescribed opioid. Common negative outcomes of opioid use can include:
- Development of a tolerance and increased usage/dosage
- Abdominal bloating
- Liver damage
- Brain damage due to respiratory depression
- Hospitalization and medical bills due to overdose
Additionally, patients can also face the social, financial, and legal consequences of addictive behavior that is not their fault. Damages awarded as part of an opioid addiction lawsuit can compensate you for lost employment and wages as well as legal fees that may have been incurred through behavior required to maintain your addiction.
Holding Opioid Manufacturers Accountable
Some opioid manufactures have acknowledged the problem, and voluntarily halted all marketing of their opioid products. But this is too little too late, and only comes after a rising tide of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers. More than 300 cities, counties, and states are now suing opioid manufacturers like Purdue, the company that has manufactured and marketed OxyContin for more than 20 years. States and cities that have filed opioid addiction lawsuits include:
Put Osborne & Francis’ Experience to Work for You
Medical product liability cases usually pit the little guy against the big guy, and it’s no different with the current opioid epidemic. Lawyers from Osborne & Francis have represented a wide range of clients who have been injured by medical devices and medications that were supposed to help, but actually caused harm. We have a track record of obtaining maximum compensation for our clients and we’re not afraid to take your opioid manufacturer lawsuit to trial if that is what it takes. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We take all of our cases on a contingency basis, and that means we don’t get paid unless you do, too.