Compensation In Lawsuits Against Opioid Manufacturers
If anyone doubts how serious the opioid epidemic is and what a devastating toll it has taken on thousands of American families consider this recent New York Times headline:
“Mallinckrodt Reaches $1.6 Billion Deal to Settle Opioid Lawsuits”
The company sold more opioids in the U.S. than any other manufacturer during the height of the addiction crisis, prosecutors have said.
Mallinckrodt is just one of several huge pharmaceutical companies facing a tidal wave of lawsuits filed by victims and loved ones of victims caught up in the deadly addiction and tragic fallout of opioids in the last few decades.
Lawyers from the national network of lawyers at Injury Help Desk are among the legal resources involved in seeking compensation for victims of this terrible epidemic that has caused such widespread devastation in our country.
Please contact our experienced Injury Help Desk legal team and take advantage of a free consultation to determine whether you are eligible to seek financial accountability over an epidemic in which over 200,000 loved ones have been lost to opioids like hydrocodone, codeine, and other painkillers.
Some of the brand-named opioids cited in the lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributers are
- Hysingla ER
- Percodan and
Our specialized Injury Help Desk attorneys will treat your case with compassion while aggressively pursuing the pharmaceutical giants who are facing allegations of aggressively marketing these painkillers while downplaying the tragically addictive side effects.
In effect: Prioritizing profits over patients.
WHEN DID THE OPIOID EDPIDEMIC TAKE OFF?
There are lots of you out there who have been severely affected by the opioid epidemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites an alarming figure.
In the time frame between 1999 to 2010 these companies reported a four-fold increase in opioid pills sales even though there was not anywhere near an equal increase in the amount of pain reported by patients in the United States.
Overdoses – many of them fatal – have soared since then. In 2015 over 52,000 people died as a result of an opioid overdose. That’s in just one year.
The stakes are high in opioid lawsuits. These companies and distributors such as pharmacies at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Albertsons are basing their defense by placing the blame on the consumers.
But lawyers such as the nationwide team at Injury Help Desk are prepared to present evidence that the drug makers bear liability for aggressively and cleverly marketing the opioids while underplaying the risks that patients might face in becoming addicted.
In another story, The New York Times cited court documents filed in one opioid manufacturer lawsuit to illustrate just how out-of-proportion the push to market and sell opioids had escalated:
The Walgreens employee was bewildered by the quantity of opioids the company was shipping to just one store. Its pharmacy in Port Richey, Fla. (population 2,831) was ordering 3,271 bottles of oxycodone a month.
“I don’t know how they can even house this many bottles to be honest,” Barbara Martin, whose job was to review suspicious drug orders, wrote to a colleague in a January 2011 email. The next month, the company shipped another outsized order to the same store.
If you or a loved one were a victim of the opioid epidemic please contact our specialized network of lawyers at Injury Help Desk as soon as possible to preserve your legal rights as there may be serious time limits involved in filing such cases.
Among the compensation that may be sought:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Treatment costs
- Mental health treatment costs
- Drug treatment costs
- Wages and benefits that are lost
- Pain and suffering