If you sustain an injury or are recovering from surgery, you will likely get an opioid prescription. Opioids are a very popular way to offer pain relief, providing individuals with a way to block out the pain they are feeling throughout their body. However, opioids can be incredibly dangerous and addictive, even if they are prescribed by a doctor. If you struggle with opioid addiction, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the opioid manufacturer for all of the hardships the drug caused you. To learn more, contact an opioid addiction lawyer at The Law Offices of Elliott Kanter in San Diego by calling us.
Opioids are intensely addictive. For many, they are prescribed opioids and begin taking them to ease the pain from an injury or surgery, and suddenly a few weeks later they are utterly and completely dependent on the drug. Since the drugs are prescribed by a doctor, many falsely believe that opioids are safe, when in fact they are a drug that is causing an epidemic throughout the United States. Many become initially hooked on prescription opioids, and once their prescription runs out they turn to illegal versions of the drug (such as heroin) just to satisfy their intense addiction. If you are addicted to opioids, seek help from a drug treatment facility as soon as possible.
Opioid Lawsuit Settlement
Opioid lawsuits can be very tricky. Nobody forces you to take opioids, so large pharmaceutical companies will argue that they have no liability in your opioid addiction. However, many drug manufacturers do not provide an adequate warning on the label or use suspect marketing techniques to oversaturate the market with powerful and addictive substances. In an opioid lawsuit settlement, you may be able to get the drug pharmaceutical company to pay for the following damages:
- Cost of rehab
- Cost of your criminal defense in a criminal investigation stemming from opioid addiction
- Cost of medical treatment
- Lost wages resulting from addiction
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Funeral costs
- Other damages
Prescription Drug Overdose
If you become dangerously addicted to opioids, your risk of overdose increases and puts your health and safety in jeopardy. An opioid overdose can be fatal, as taking too much can slow down your breathing to the point that your brain does not get the oxygen it needs to function. The amount of opioids needed to suffer from an overdose varies based on the individual, as their age, weight, drug history, biochemistry, and level of tolerance can all be influencing factors. You also may be more at risk to suffer an overdose if you are taking other medications and also based on the type of opioid you are taking.
Get Compensated for Damages with an Opioid Addiction Lawyer
If you were prescribed an opioid by your doctor that slowly morphed into an opioid addiction, you deserve compensation for the intense hardships the drug has caused you. This is especially true if you suffered from an overdose at the hands of the drug, putting your life in jeopardy. If that is the case, the opioid addiction lawyers at The Law Offices of Elliott Kanter in San Diego can help. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, give us a call.