Our class action lawyers are filing lawsuits for people who were severely injured or died after unintentionally overdosing on prescription opioid medications such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine or morphine.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered an overdose from a prescription opioid drug, and were hospitalized or know someone who died from an opioid overdose, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Trump Threatens Lawsuit Against Big Pharma for Opioid Epidemic
August 20, 2018 – President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to sue companies personally that he believes are fanning the flames of opioid addiction in an attempt to profit off human misery. Trump said he’d like to file his own federal lawsuit against the companies, rather than join existing litigation.
“Some states have done it,” Trump said, referring to the suits in a Cabinet meeting at the White House. “But I’d like a lawsuit to be brought against these companies that are really sending opioids at a level — it shouldn’t be happening. So highly addictive. People go into a hospital with a broken arm, they come out, they’re a drug addict.”
What’s the problem?
According to the U.S. centers for Disease Control and protection (CDC), America is now in the grips of an opioid overdose epidemic. Opioids (including prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl) killed more than 42,000 people in 2016 alone, more than any other year on record. Approximately 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid, CDC said.
Which Drugs are Opioids?
Some of the more popular opioid-based medicines include (this is just a partial list):
- And more
Opiate Overdose Symptoms
According to American Addiction Centers, signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose may include:
- Marked confusion, delirium, or acting drunk
- Frequent vomiting
- Pinpoint pupils
- Extreme sleepiness, or the inability to wake up
- Intermittent loss of consciousness
- Breathing problems, including slowed or irregular breathing
- Respiratory arrest (absence of breathing)
- Cold, clammy skin, or bluish skin around the lips or under the fingernails
Opioid Epidemic has “Peaked”, Says Ex-Cleveland Clinic CEO
August 14, 2018 – The opioid epidemic in the U.S., which currently kills more people than breast cancer, has “peaked,” according to Dr. Toby Cosgrove, former CEO of the Cleveland Clinic and one of the nation’s leading voices on healthcare reform.
“We’re starting to see the understanding of the problem,” Cosgrove said Monday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “[We] are getting to the point where people are certainty prescribing fewer drugs and people are recognizing how serious this is.”
Minneapolis Sues Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors for Contributing to “Epidemic”
July 4, 2018 – Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal has filed a lawsuit against 17 pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors for allegedly contributing to the nationwide “opioid epidemic” that now kills more people each year in the U.S. than breast cancer. The crux of the plaintiffs’ argument is that defendants’ actions in regards to marketing opioids was reckless and has resulted in a critical public health situation.
What are Opiate Lawsuits Alleging?
While all lawsuits are unique and have their own set of complaints and circumstances, in general the lawsuits filed against opioid manufacturers contend that the companies knew or should have known about the increased risk of overdose and other significant health risks with their products for years, and failed in their obligation to warn the public and medical community about these risks. Instead of investigating these issues and trying to find a solution to the problem, the companies downplayed any and all association with their opioids and the alleged side effects, the complaints state.
Is There a Class Action?
A number of class action lawsuits have been filed in different states and local governments by people who claim they were harmed as the direct result of being prescribed an opioid pain medication. These complaints are seeking compensation to assist with medical expenses (both past and future), lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you feel you’ve been similarly injured, you should contact our lawyers to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I Have an Opioid Overdose Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in opioid lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new overdose cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered an overdose from a prescription opioid drug, and were hospitalized or know someone who died from an opioid overdose, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.