Opioid Injury Lawyers
If you have been injured by opioid use or lost someone you care about from an addiction to opioids, you may be eligible to file an opioid injury claim against Purdue Pharma, one the leading manufacturers of these drugs. A lawsuit may allow you to recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages you may have suffered.
Our legal team at Gordon & Partners is ready to review your claim during a free and confidential consultation to see if you may be able to seek compensation. There is no risk in calling us and no obligation to move forward. We have decades of experience obtaining millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Founder Robert Gordon is a member of the American Justice Association and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Reach out to schedule a consultation at no cost to you. We do not charge upfront fees for our legal services and only receive payment at the end of the process if we successfully help you obtain a recovery. There is limited time to seek compensation – the deadline for filing a claim is June 30, 2020 – so it is important to contact us as soon as possible.
Call us anytime to see how we may be able to help. 1 (855) 722-2552.
Am I Eligible to Take Legal Action?
We must learn more about your situation before determining whether you may be able to take legal action. Our firm is currently investigating claims from those who suffered serious side effects after taking certain opioid painkillers manufactured by Purdue Pharma:
- DHC Plus
- Hysingla ER
- MS Contin
Other factors may also need to be considered, including:
- The reason you were prescribed opioids in the first place
- Type and dose of the drug and how long you have been taking the drug
- Injuries you have suffered, including overdoses that required hospitalization
- Treatments related to opioid overdose and/or addiction (i.e. inpatient rehab)
- Addiction leading to significant personal losses, such as job loss, financial distress, etc.
There is a limited amount of time to pursue damages for your injuries. The deadline for filing a claim is June 30, 2020. Our defective drug lawyers are ready to review your particular circumstances in a free consultation.
Potential Damages for Opioid-Related Injuries
We encourage you to contact an experienced opioid injury lawyer from our firm to discuss what your claim may be worth. Generally, victims of opioid addiction may be able to recover the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses for hospitalizations, treatment and medical transportation
- Drug treatments costs for opioid addiction and overdose
- Loss of wages from not being able to work due to opioid abuse
- Physical pain and mental suffering, such as diminished quality of life
- Funeral and burial expenses for those who lost someone from opioids
We understand that no amount of compensation can change what happened, but it may be able to help individuals and families affected by the opioid epidemic obtain the treatment they need to try and move forward with their lives. Our consultations are completely free and come with no obligation to hire us.
Our legal team is here to assist. Call us today 1 (855) 722-2552.
Understanding the U.S. Opioid Epidemic
Opioid abuse and addiction continue to plague the nation, devastating the lives of thousands of people and their loved ones. The opioid epidemic began in the mid to late 1990s when deaths from opioid overdoses started to rise after more opioid medications were being prescribed by doctors to treat cancer patients with chronic pain.
Pharmaceutical companies soon began to market opioids for non-cancer patients. Purdue Pharma began aggressive marketing for OxyContin as a highly effective painkiller with a low risk of addiction for anyone suffering from chronic pain or overwhelming short-term pain. Despite claims of drug dependency being relatively low, internal documents revealed that the company was aware of the addictive nature of OxyContin after it was approved by the FDA in 1996.
Purdue Pharma decided to hide this information and continued to fraudulently market the drug to doctors as safe to use, which helped contribute to the increase in opioid prescription medications in the U.S. to treat many types of pain. This has resulted in millions of people suffering serious harm related to prescription opioid addiction.
How Purdue Pharma’s Bankruptcy Affects Claims
After facing numerous lawsuits for deceptive marketing practices and profiting from opioid addiction, Purdue Pharma settled with several states and local governments in September of 2019.
Part of the deal to settle meant the company agreeing to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy to provide between $10 and $12 billion to combat the opioid crisis. This settlement includes the cost of drugs to treat addiction.
A Chapter 11 bankruptcy case allows companies to reorganize their debts. Purdue Pharma is attempting to settle claims filed against them through their bankruptcy filing. The bankruptcy court will determine how much each eligible opioid injury victim may be able to receive.
Many of the lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, including those filed by local governments, were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Ohio. As of February 14, 2020, there were 2,706 pending cases in the MDL. As of September 2019, approximately half the states suing Purdue Pharma and the lead plaintiffs’ attorneys in the MDL support the bankruptcy deal.
Opioid Complications and Side Effects
Opioids include prescription painkillers and street drugs like heroin that are highly addictive. Someone can become physically dependent on these drugs within weeks of consistent use. Opioids can cause numerous complications and serious side effects, both short and long-term.
Short-term side effects of opioids include:
- Dry mouth
- Feelings of euphoria
- Fatigue or sluggishness
- Respiratory depression
Long-term effects of opioids include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Higher risk of a heart attack
- Severe stomach pain
- Hormonal issues
- Bone weakness
- Increased pain
Treating opioid dependency and addiction can be difficult. The most common withdrawal symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting, muscle and bone pain, sleep issues, cold flashes and involuntary leg movements.
Call Us to Discuss a Possible Claim with an Opioid Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one became addicted to one of the opioid products manufactured by Purdue Pharma, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the company. Our opioid injury lawyers are prepared to help you pursue compensation for the financial, physical and emotional losses caused by an opioid overdose or opioid addiction. The current deadline for filing a claim is June 30, 2020.
Learn more about your legal options in a free, no-obligation consultation. We are here to help answer any questions about the claims process and how we may be able to help at no upfront costs to you. Our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, so we only get paid if we help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
Our legal team is standing by to take your call: 1 (855) 722-2552.