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Can I File an Opioid Lawsuit?

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  June 13, 2019   |  

More than 700,000 people died from a drug overdose between 1999 and 2017 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these deaths can be attributed to the abuse of opioids — powerful painkillers that are often highly addictive.

Opioids include prescription drugs, such as:

  • oxycodone (OxyContin)
  • fentanyl
  • buprenorphine
  • hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • methadone
  • codeine
  • morphine
  • illegal drugs such as heroin

Opioid Deaths in AmericaAs opioid abuse and opioid-related deaths continue to increase, some affected users and their families may consider joining or filing an opioid lawsuit.

If you’ve been injured by prescription opioids, or a loved one has died or been injured due to complications of prescription opioid use, you may be entitled to compensation. For a FREE consultation, please call our dangerous drug attorneys at 1-800-525-7111 or complete the form below.

Who do opioid lawsuits target?

An opioid lawsuit may target opioid manufacturers, distributors, or a prescribing doctor. In certain situations, others may be the subject of opioid painkiller lawsuits.

Recently, a number of high-profile lawsuits have been filed against opioid manufacturers for their alleged role in accelerating the opioid crisis in the United States.

One such high-profile case targets Purdue Pharma, maker of the popular opioid painkiller OxyContin.

48 states are suing OxyContin manufacturer Purdue PharmaCNBC reports that attorneys general in 48 US states are now suing Purdue Pharma. These lawsuits allege that Purdue Pharma intentionally downplayed the risks of addiction to OxyContin while exaggerating the painkiller’s benefits.

May 2019 marked the first time an opioid manufacturer went to trial, when a court in Oklahoma heard arguments that Johnson & Johnson — the largest drug manufacturer in the United States — created an oversupply of opioids and that its representatives aggressively pushed doctors to prescribe. Two other opioid manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma, settled before the trial began.

Separately, more than 1,600 other lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and other opioid manufacturers are being consolidated in the Ohio court system.

Thousands of opioid addiction victims and their families may have claims in this and other opioid mass tort lawsuits.

Adam Zimmerman, a professor and litigation expert at Loyola Law School, calls the volume of lawsuits against the opioid manufacturers “unprecedented.”

Most opioid lawsuits are relatively new, and it is unclear how these cases will be resolved. As with any personal injury case, there is no guarantee that compensation will be awarded.

Opioid lawsuits against “Big Pharma” have been compared to legal actions against tobacco companies in the 1990’s, but legal analysts point out that in this case, opioids serve a medical purpose.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to prescription opioid use, please contact the dangerous drug lawyers at Riddle & Brantley. You may be entitled to compensation, and we would love to help you seek justice. For a FREE consultation, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the form below. There is no upfront cost and no attorney fees unless we win your case and you get financial compensation.

Can I file an opioid lawsuit?

The opioid crisis has affected millions of Americans, and many may have legitimate claims against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and providers.

Opioid abuse affects all kinds of people regardless of race, age, economic status, or location.

Opioid Addiction Statistics - Riddle & BrantleyAccording to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2015, 92 million U.S. adults (or roughly 38 percent of the entire population) were prescribed opioid painkillers. Approximately 11.5 million people misused opioids, and 1.9 million reported addiction.

Ultimately, whether there will be a successful suit against opioid manufacturers and whether you are able to join or file an opioid lawsuit depends on a variety of factors that an experienced personal injury lawyer can help evaluate.

In general, you may want to consider joining or filing an opioid lawsuit if you or a loved one meet the following criteria:

  • You have been prescribed an opioid medication by a doctor (you were not taking the drug illegally)
  • You have taken the drug as directed
  • You have been directly injured as a result of the opioid use

Those who have used opioid medications are not the only ones with potential opioid injury claims, however.

Families who have lost a loved one due to opioid use may also have a potential personal injury claim. Those who have suffered from opioid addiction may have injury claims, as well.

Can I file an opioid lawsuit for injuries resulting from opioid addiction?

It depends.

Every drug injury case is unique, and depending on the circumstances, you may have an injury claim if you or a loved one meet any of the following criteria:

  • Death due to overdose
  • An overdose required hospitalization of more than 3 days
  • Addiction resulted in significant personal losses, such as job loss, loss of home, financial loss from rehab costs, etc. — and treatment was sought, such as inpatient rehab or outpatient methadone/suboxone therapy
  • A medical doctor must have prescribed the drug for you

Do you have an opioid injury case?

If you have been injured by prescription opioids or resulting addiction, or a loved one has died due to complications from prescription opioid use, you may be entitled to compensation.

NC Opioid Lawsuit Lawyer - Riddle & BrantleyThe dangerous drug lawyers at Riddle & Brantley may be able to help. Our lawyers have nearly 200 years of collective legal experience.

For a FREE consultation, please call us at 1-800-525-7111 or complete the form below. There is no obligation, no upfront cost and no attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.

Death and injury resulting from opioid use have ravaged the United States, and if you or a loved one has been affected, you deserve a personal injury attorney who can review and investigate whether you may have a claim.

Contact us today for a free consultation. Justice Counts, and we’d love to see if we can help.

Call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s talk.