The Opioid Crisis & the Opioid Painkiller Class Action Lawsuit
In 2016, nearly 43,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses. The rate of opioid deaths has only accelerated since then. The opioid crisis is currently killing 175 Americans daily. That means roughly 63,875 Americans are expected to die from opioid overdoses this year alone.
The opioid overdose lawsuit is a direct response to the opioid epidemic. We can’t sit back any longer and let the opioid painkiller manufacturers kill thousands of Americans every year.
The goal of the painkiller overdose lawsuit is to hold the opioid manufacturers liable for the epidemic they created. The opioid manufacturers spent huge sums of money marketing their deadly medicines. Many opioid painkiller injury attorneys believe the drug manufacturers turned a blind eye to the epidemic because of the profits. Some opioid painkiller injury attorneys believe the drug manufacturers ignored suspicious shipments of opioids to pharmacies across the nation. Some counties in the US actually have more opioid prescriptions than they do people.
There are currently two different opioid lawsuits we can assist with; opioid overdoses and opioid birth defects cases. The next two sections cover each opioid painkiller class action lawsuit.
Overdoses & the Opioid Painkiller Class Action Lawsuit
Common injuries included in the opioid painkiller class action lawsuit:
If the victim was hospitalized after an opioid painkiller injury, you may be owed compensation for those bills. Victims of opioid painkillers can accumulate enormous medical bills quickly because of the cost of hospital care.
- Long-Term Injuries
If you suffered long-term injuries from an overdose, you should consider joining the opioid painkiller class action lawsuit. Some victims of opioid painkillers may be eligible to receive compensation for future medical care.
- Medical Treatment
If you or a loved one received medical treatment because of a prescription opioid overdose, we highly suggest you inquire about the class action lawsuit. There is a later section in this article dedicated to compensation you may receive.
If the opioid painkiller’s victim needed Narcan, there is a likelihood that an overdose occurred. Many EMTs, police departments, and fire departments are now carrying life-saving antidotes for victims of opioid overdoses.
- Respiratory Depression
If your family lost a loved one from respiratory depression and had an opioid painkiller prescription, you should inquire about the opioid painkiller class action lawsuit. Our opioid painkiller injury attorneys find that respiratory depression is one of the most common reasons for deaths from opioids.
- Sudden Death
If someone you loved had a sudden death and was using opioid painkillers, there may have been an overdose. Some opioid painkiller victims may not have had a toxicology report at death. Some coroners offices may have the cause of death wrong. If you suspect the sudden death of a loved one was from a prescription opioid painkiller, we highly suggest you contact our opioid painkiller injury attorneys.
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Birth Defects & the Opioid Painkiller Class Action Lawsuit
Opioid painkillers can cross into your newborn childs body. Opioid painkillers have been found in breast milk and can cause breathing problems in newborns when given before or during delivery and labor.
Children born to mothers that are addicted to opioid painkillers could be physically dependent and have breathing difficulties and withdraw symptoms. Call the opioid painkiller injury attorneys at Woods & Woods if a newborn in your family needed medical treatment after birth due to opioid painkillers. If your baby died of sudden infant death syndrome while you were using prescription opioids, our opioid painkiller injury attorneys want to investigate your family’s potential class action lawsuit.
Common birth defects from opioid painkillers:
- Chiari Malformation
- Congenital Heart Defects
- Spina Bifida
Potential Opioid Painkiller Class Action Lawsuit Compensation
- Medical Expenses
Victims of opioid painkillers may be able to recover various medical expenses. You could recover costs related to overdoses, hospitalizations, and potentially even the costs of the opioid painkillers themselves.
- Lost Wages
If you lost your job or missed time from work because of an opioid painkiller injury, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages.
- Funeral Expenses
If your family lost a loved from from an opioid painkiller overdose, you may be able to recover funeral expenses.
- Drug Rehabilitation Costs
The expenses related to drug rehabilitation may be reimbursed if your opioid painkiller class action lawsuit is successful. The cost of opioid rehabilitation varies, but some families may have spent thousands of dollars on rehabilitation that could be recouped in by the opioid painkiller class action lawsuit.
- Punitive Damages
If the drug manufacturer’s behavior is found to be particularly harmful, the court may award punitive damages in the opioid painkiller class action lawsuit. Every state has different laws that pertain to punitive damages.
- Pain and Suffering
This compensation can take many forms. You may receive damages for any resulting pain and suffering, disability or physical impairment, disfigurement, mental anguish, inconvenience or loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life from opioid painkiller injuries.
FAQ: Opioid Painkiller Class Action Lawsuit
What if the person who was injured did not have a prescription?
At this time, our opioid painkiller injury attorneys believe only victims with a prescription have a right to recovery. We feel that the only victims that will be successful in the opioid painkiller class action lawsuit have prescriptions. Unfortunately, this leaves out many opioid painkiller victims, but that is how we have interpreted the law.
Who can join the opioid painkiller class action lawsuit?
For our opioid painkiller injury attorneys to be able to help, the victim must first have had a prescription. Second, the victim must have been hospitalized or medically treated for an overdose or medical complication from opioid painkillers. If the victim died from opioid painkillers, medical treatment is not necessary.
What if my family lost a loved one from an opioid injury?
A large number of the plaintiffs our opioid painkiller injury attorneys are assisting are the surviving family members of a lost loved one. Opioid painkillers can be extremely dangerous and their use often results in death.
What if I’m not sure what opioid medication my family member used?
As long are you know your family member died from a prescription overdose, our opioid painkiller injury attorneys may be able to help. Our opioid painkiller injury attorneys can investigate if we think you may have a case against the drug manufacturers. Medical records from pharmacies and doctors offices are likely to be key pieces of evidence in this lawsuit.
How long do I have to join the opioid painkiller class action lawsuit?
That will depend upon the statute of limitations that will apply to your case. Statutes of limitations limit how long someone has to file a lawsuit. In many states the statute of limitations is only two years. We suggest you talk to our opioid painkiller injury attorneys as quickly as you can after an opioid injury.
How long will it take to settle the opioid painkiller class action lawsuit?
Unfortunately, we can’t answer this with any certainty. The opioid painkiller class action lawsuit, like any other complex litigation, won’t be settled overnight. If a lawyer tells you the opioid painkiller class action lawsuit will be settled in any amount of time, they aren’t being honest with you.
Can I afford to hire Woods & Woods opioid painkiller injury attorneys?
Yes. Woods & Woods opioid painkiller injury attorneys only charge a fee if your lawsuit is successful. If the opioid painkiller class action lawsuit is not successful, you don’t pay a penny. Our opioid painkiller injury attorneys will never ask for money upfront, we never bill by the hour, and we don’t charge for phone calls.
Potential Alternatives to the Opioid Painkiller Class Action Lawsuit
Many non-lawyers call all large medicine cases a drug injury class action lawsuit. When in reality, many large pharmaceutical cases are actually not class action lawsuits, they are called multidistrict litigation (MDL). Both forms of litigation are designed to make the legal system more efficient. The other purpose is to keep the US court system from being clogged with litigation.
In an opioid painkiller class action lawsuit, a court must first certify the class. When the judge is considering certifying the class, they will consider the number of claims. The judge presiding over an opioid painkiller class action lawsuit will also consider the facts shared between each claim. The opioid painkiller class action lawsuit judge will also determine whether or not the lead plaintiff’s injuries represent the injuries of the rest of the class.
In both an opioid painkiller class action lawsuit and an opioid MDL, many cases will be compiled into the same court. However, in an opioid painkiller class action lawsuit there is only one plaintiff, the class. In an opioid MDL, each case is separate and there are many plaintiffs. Both the opioid painkiller class action lawsuit and an opioid MDL may provide compensation to injured plaintiffs.
Talk to Our Opioid Painkiller Injury Attorneys
Want to learn more about the prescription opioid painkiller class action lawsuit? Give Woods & Woods drug injury lawyers a call. Our opioid painkiller injury attorneys never charge for legal consultations. We can discuss your potential opioid painkiller class action lawsuit at no cost. The opioid painkiller injury attorneys at Woods & Woods will never ask for money upfront. Our opioid painkiller injury attorneys only charge a fee if your case is successful. If you do not obtain a settlement, our opioid painkiller injury attorneys will charge you nothing.
Since 1985, Woods & Woods has protected the rights of injured and disabled people. We have successfully represented thousands of injured people. Our opioid painkiller injury attorneys will fight for your family after being injured by a prescribed opioid medication. The opioid crisis has affected thousands of families and we can help.