Thousands of plaintiffs are joining the opioid painkiller class action lawsuits. The numbers of affected victims are staggering. In 2017 alone, 72,000 Americans lost their lives from drug overdoses – most of them were opioid-related injuries. The opioid crisis has claimed tens-of-thousands of American lives and the opioid death lawsuits intend to hold the drug manufacturers liable for the crisis they created.
The opioid death lawsuits are in their initial phases, where new plaintiffs can still join. It was pretty apparent from the outset of the opioid death lawsuits that this could become one of the nation’s largest drug injury class action lawsuits in history.
Here’s why: opioids have been on the market for a long time and many people have taken them. The other factor is this: opioids are very, very addictive and victims can easily overdose. Many people that lost their lives from opioids began using opioids after relatively minor injuries. Potential clients tell us all the time how their child started using opioids after a wisdom tooth removal surgery. Many doctors prescribed over 60 opioid pills just incase – that’s enough to addict a new opioid user. The attitude towards opioids has been changing lately. Many doctors have become more restrictive when it comes to prescribing opioids.
Who should join the opioid death lawsuits?
Families that lost a loved one from prescribed opioid medications can join the opioid death lawsuits. The opioid overdose lawsuits do require that the family member that passed away had a prescription at the time of death. Many families that lost a loved one are not sure what opioid medication was prescribed at the time of death and that’s fine. If you wish to join the opioid death lawsuits, a drug injury lawyer can do the investigating for you.
This article is dedicated to opioid death lawsuits, but death is not a requirement to join the lawsuits. If you experienced an overdose or hospitalization from prescribed opioid medications, you may also be able to join the lawsuit.
What are the legal theories behind the opioid death lawsuits?
There are many legal theories that led us to the lawsuits against opioid manufacturers. There is some evidence that leads many lawyers to believe the opioid manufacturers misled the public and doctors about exactly how addictive opioids really are even in small doses. Some opioid manufacturers have been accused of paying kickbacks to doctors groups for pushing opioids to their patients. In 2007, Purdue Pharma settled a criminal case over opioids with the Justice Department for $634.5 million. The wrong doing by opioid manufacturers has been going on for years.
The opioid manufacturers shipped enormous amounts of medications to places where the prescriptions outnumbered the people that actually lived in the area. One small town in West Virginia received over 20 million pain pills. There were only 2,900 people that lived in the city. The opioid manufacturers virtually ignored the crisis their products were creating.
Which medicines are included in the opioid death lawsuits?
Can I afford a drug injury lawyer to fight the opioid manufacturers?
Yes! So many families that call our law firm initially tell us that they cannot afford a lawyer to fight the opioid drug manufacturers. Here’s the good news: you will not pay upfront to join the opioid death lawsuits. Your drug injury lawyer only charges a fee if the opioid death lawsuits are successful. The fee is a percentage of the settlement and case expenses.
This fair fee arrangement allows families with very little means to hire an experienced opioid death lawyer. The opioid manufacturers are large corporations who will throw lots of money at fighting the opioid death lawsuits. That’s why Woods & Woods partners with other major national law firms. Together, we can use our strengths to fight major corporations and pharmaceutical companies.
Talk to Woods & Woods about the opioid death lawsuits.
Want to find out if your family has a case? Reach out to Woods & Woods opioid death lawyers. Since 1985, our nationwide law firm has protected the rights of injured and disabled people. We have fought many major corporations. You deserve an experienced lawyer if you want to join the fight against the opioid manufacturers.
During your initial consultation, we will take some basic information from you and answer all of your questions. We will give you an honest opinion of the strength of your claim and explain what you should do next. We understand discussing the loss of a loved one is difficult and we are here to help you through the legal process compassionately. Our opioid death lawyers know devastated families in our own community. The opioid crisis must be stopped.