Opioid narcotics are drugs that bind to opioid receptors to block or reduce feelings of pain. They are often prescribed for patients who have just had surgery or experienced physical trauma such as a car accident or serious sports injury.
The most commonly prescribed opioids include:
Our opioid lawyers are investigating cases involving opioid-related deaths and overdose, or symptoms of overdose requiring hospitalization.
How The Opioid Epidemic Began
Since 1999, there has been a 300 percent increase in opioid prescriptions in the United States. Along with the increase in prescriptions, there's been a deadly uptick in opioid addiction, which is now the leading cause of death in individuals under the age of 50.
In the mid-1990s, opioid manufacturers unleashed a misleading marketing push underplaying the risks of opioid painkillers and exaggerating the drugs' benefits. Its false advertising led to deadly consequences -- by encouraging doctors to overprescribe pills and get patients to think the pills were safe and effective.
The Department of Health & Human Services states that 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids and, according to a report released by the CDC in March 2018, 115 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose death and that this number has "increased in every subgroup examined."
The opioid overdose death rate increased by a massive 27.9 percent between 2015 and 2016 with 13 out of every 100,000 Americans dying from an opioid overdose in 2016, according to the CDC report. The rise in opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose originally began with the proliferation of prescription painkillers.
Opioid Overdose Crisis Lawsuit Claims
Lawsuit claims regarding opioid painkillers are that prescription drugs were responsible for an individual’s addiction. Approximately 75 percent of addicts have reported their first opioid was a prescription drug and in many cases, plaintiffs moved on to illegal opioids like heroin when their scripts ran out.
Some people have reportedly resorted to criminal activity to steal or pay for more drugs.
Most opioid lawsuits allege that the drug manufacturers turned a blind eye to suspicious orders for years. Instead of investigating enormous shipments to pharmacies and prescriptions from doctors, the opioid manufacturers chased profits and ignored the epidemic.
The drug manufacturers have also been accused of paying kickbacks to doctors who promoted off-label opioid use. Many believe the current opioid epidemic lies at the feet of the drug manufacturers because they pushed opioid medicines through extensive marketing schemes.
Lawsuits claim drug manufacturers misled the public and doctors about the addictiveness of opioid-based medicines. That means that some doctors may have been making uninformed decisions when prescribing opioids to patients and unwillingly led their patients down the path of addiction.
Opioid Lawsuit Eligibility & Criteria For Filing An Overdose Claim
- The victim must have been prescribed opioids: If you wish to join the opioid lawsuit, you or the lost loved one must have been prescribed opioids at the time of the overdose or hospitalization. Unfortunately, at this time the opioid lawsuit is only covering victims with prescriptions of the actual opioid they overdosed on.
- If you lost a loved one from an opioid overdose: The opioid lawsuit can be joined by families that lost a loved one from an opioid overdose. While the opioid lawsuit cannot bring back your loved one, it can hold the drug manufacturers liable for their actions.
- If you were hospitalized from an opioid overdose: The opioid lawsuit may also include victims who were hospitalized for opioid overdoses. Those lawsuits may be able to recover the medical bills related to the opioid overdose event. Opioid overdose hospitalizations can be very expensive and some patients may require prolonged medical care.
Can I File An Opioid Lawsuit?
Our award-winning opioid overdose attorneys can help you if you or your family member was harmed by an opioid-related death, overdose, or symptoms of overdose requiring hospitalization.
We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement, and we pay all of the case costs.
When we take on a case, we handle it from start to finish. We work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
Our No-Fee Promise On Opioid Overdose Cases
You can afford to have our great team of lawyers on your side. When you choose us, it literally costs nothing to get started. We promise you in writing:
- No money to get started
- We pay all case costs and expenses
- No legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement
- Phone calls to our office are always free
Contact Our Opioid Crisis Lawsuit Lawyers & Start Your Claim
Our opioid crisis lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. There are three ways to get started on your case:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page and we will contact you shortly.
- Chat with our online intake specialist and we will call you for more information.
- Call (800) 606-1717 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have a claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Opioid lawsuit claims. Contact our dangerous drugs attorneys and find out if you are entitled to a settlement.