Most people are very familiar with the opioid epidemic in the United States. Each year, tens of thousands of people in this country die from overdoses. While the US government works to properly regulate opioid use, it is important for victims and families to know whether they can file malpractice lawsuits against doctors who prescribe these medications. At the Weitz Firm, our opioid-related medical malpractice attorneys in Philadelphia want to share some information on this topic with you.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 47,000 opioid overdose deaths during the latest reporting year. This is a problem that has affected all areas of the country and people of all socioeconomic levels. While many people would not have thought this to be a problem caused by doctors in the past, we now know that healthcare professionals and companies within the healthcare industry have directly contributed to the opioid crisis in the United States. Several massive judgments against opioid manufacturers have shown that they worked with doctors to purposely get patients hooked on the medications.
Some of the most common types of medication opioids that are prescribed include the following:
Opioids are sold and marketed as drugs that alleviate pain. While these medications do alleviate pain, they also have plenty of side effects that are dangerous for individuals. Unfortunately, many doctors have failed to properly prescribe opioids. An opioid-related medical malpractice attorney at the Weitz Firm says that “…overprescription of opioids and failure to timely react to early signs of opioid addiction become the basis of thousands of medical malpractice lawsuits against negligent or careless healthcare providers each year.”
If you or a loved one are taking opioids, whether legally or illegally, you need to be on the lookout for these important side effects of opioid use:
In many cases, those who have become addicted to opioids because of doctor carelessness end up seeking more dangerous drugs such as heroin and morphine from drug dealers.
If you or somebody you care about has overdosed on opioids, or if you have lost a loved one due to an opioid overdose, contact an attorney today. At the Weitz Firm, our team will investigate your case secure any compensation you are entitled to. This can include: