If you or a loved one have been injured after suffering an opioid painkiller overdose, an experienced attorney can help with your case. Hundreds of patients have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of opioid painkillers and the doctors who prescribe these drugs after suffering side effects from an overdose.
Even when used as prescribed, opioid painkillers can cause serious and potentially deadly complications. Because painkillers can lower a patient’s breathing rate, opioid users may be at risk of developing repository depression. Some of these patients may fall into respiratory arrest, which can be fatal if not treated quickly.
Despite the deadly side effects associated with narcotic painkillers, these drugs continue to be prescribed in record amounts. Manufacturer profits from opioid painkillers have increased significantly over the past decade. Sales of opioid analgesics such as oxycodone and hydrocodone have increased more than 600% since 1997, according to data from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The bottom line is opioids can kill and the drug companies are making a killing.
These record profits have been caused in part by the overprescription of opioid painkillers by doctors with little to no experience on how these drugs should be given to patients. As a result, opioids are prescribed to patients who do not need to be treated with these drugs or at doses that are far higher than necessary. This can place patients at an increased risk of overdose or other side effects, including dependency or addiction.
If you have suffered a painkiller overdose or other opioid side effects, you have legal rights. The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are among the nationwide leaders in trying cases involving death or injury to patients from opioids such as fentanyl (Duragesic) pain patch, hydrocodone, methadone, oxycodone, and other prescription painkillers.
For a free legal consultation, contact the opioid painkiller lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.