Opioid Epidemic Lawsuits

prescribed opioids pillsSince 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:

  • Dependency
  • Development of a tolerance and increased usage/dosage
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage due to respiratory depression
  • Overdose
  • Hospitalization and medical bills due to overdose
  • Death

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:

  • Florida
  • Texas
  • New York City
  • Miami
  • Alabama
  • Seattle
  • Washington
  • Philadelphia
  • Louisiana
  • Delaware

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.

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How Drug Manufacturers Caused an Opioid Addiction Crisis

In spite of how far modern medicine has come in the last hundred years, effectively managing severe pain without the risk of addiction has been a persistent problem. Drug manufacturers understood that a drug that could be prescribed more often and for a longer period of time, without fear of addiction, would be incredibly profitable. In the late 1990s, drug manufacturers convinced the medical community that they had found effective and non-addictive pain management in the form of opioids – synthetic versions of naturally derived opiates like morphine and heroin.

As the drug companies engaged in a marketing push, physicians began prescribing the drugs more and more. These new drugs were so effective in managing pain in the most severe cases, such as cancer patients, that doctors began prescribing them in less severe cases. It soon became clear that opioids were indeed addictive, but only after countless people were already dependent on something very similar to heroin.

Many patients who developed an addiction, and subsequently lost access to prescription opioids, were ignored by the medical community that created their addiction. Alone, they were forced to turn to illicit sources or versions of opioids or even street drugs like heroin. Many patients overdosed at various points on this path. Some lost their lives while others suffered irrevocable harm to their livelihood and future prospects.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by opioid addiction, contact Osborne & Francis today! It’s time to hold the drug manufacturers accountable for putting profits above patients. We represent clients nationally from our offices in Boca Raton, Florida, and understand that your addiction is not your fault. We will treat you and your case with the respect you deserve.

Who is Entitled to Compensation

If you have overdosed on prescribed opioids, or experienced addiction after taking opioids prescribed by your physician, you may be entitled to compensation. If your spouse or another family member has died as the result of taking prescribed opioids, or become addicted after taking opioids while under a physician’s care, you may be entitled to compensation. Statutes of limitation apply in most cases, so contact Osborne & Francis and put us to work for you today.

Opioid Addiction in Florida

We represent clients from across the United States, but we understand the opioid epidemic in the context of how it has affected our community here in South Florida. We know the statistics, but we also know the people, because they are our neighbors, friends, and relatives. Nationally, Florida has the 28th highest prescribing rate for opioids, at almost 67 prescriptions for every 100 people. Alabama has nearly double that, with 121 prescriptions for every 100 people.

Among counties in Florida, Palm Beach county has the 51st highest opioid prescription rate at just over 59 prescriptions for every 100 people. But to our north, Okeechobee, Indian River, and Brevard counties all have prescription rates near 100 for every 100 people.

If you’ve been harmed by prescribed opioids, there is no need to blame yourself or suffer in silence. You may be entitled to recover damages from the drug companies that profited while you suffered. Contact Osborne & Francis today so we can help you recover what you deserve.