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: Opioid Epidemic Linked to Decline in U.S. Labor Force, Study Finds
Feb. 13, 2019 – A new study published in Brookings Papers on Economic Activity has made a convincing case for blaming at least part of a recent downward trend in the U .S. labor force on prescription opioid medications. For the ‘first-of-its-kind’ study to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, researchers at the University of Tennessee looked at causal effects of opioid addiction on the U.S. labor force after a number of employers began asking why no one was applying for job openings.
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
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.
Opioid Deaths Among Children Triple in 20 years, JAMA Study Finds
December 31, 2018 – Synthetic opioid medications have produced an increased death rate of 2,925% in children and teens since 1999, according to a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The increased mortality rates associated with prescription opioids has resulted in almost 9,000 overdose deaths in young people over the past 2 decades, nearly tripling the number of pediatric opioid-related deaths during the same time period, the researchers found.
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.