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Can You Sue for Opioid-Related Damages? Atlanta, GA
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Opioid misuse has become a nationwide epidemic in recent years. Tragically, millions of Americans are dealing with the long-term effects of opiate use, health problems and addiction. Taking these substances can have devastating results.

Abuse of prescribed opioids, even under supervision, can cause unanticipated medical issues. If a faulty treatment hurts you, you might have several legal options to pursue compensation.

What are Prescription Opioids?

Substances in the opioid medication class are used to alleviate moderate to severe pain. These medications are unlike other painkillers, like opiates, because they are not derived from natural sources like poppy plants. Instead, opioids are lab-made using synthetic ingredients.

Several examples of widely prescribed opioids are:

  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone
  • Propoxyphene

Opioid abuse kills tens of thousands of Americans every year. Pharmaceutical corporations that develop, sell, distribute and advertise opioid drugs are being sued by people who have been hurt by opioid pills or lost loved ones to opioid overdose. At the same time, the U.S. government attempts to address the opioid issue through legislation and rigorous restrictions.

When Is Opioid Prescription Medical Malpractice?

Some opioid painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, mirror the effects of the illegal substance heroin, despite being sold and advertised as pain relievers. Although these medicines can help relieve pain, they also come with several hazards and side effects that make them illegal to purchase without a doctor’s prescription in the United States.

Most of us think that opioids can be helpful when taken as prescribed by a doctor, even though they have harmful side effects. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis or improper prescribing of opioids by medical providers is not uncommon.

Every year, thousands of lawsuits are filed against doctors who overprescribe opioids or do not respond quickly enough to signs of opioid addiction. Sometimes, doctors neglect to warn patients about the many possible hazards and side effects of opiate use. Thus, opioid abusers are not always fully responsible for their addiction or the harm from opioids.

Hiring a medical malpractice and personal injury lawyer can help you file a claim for damages against the drug manufacturer or doctor who caused you harm. Furthermore, a skilled lawyer specializing in opioid lawsuits can advise you on how to proceed. The legal team at Race Law Firm understands the damage opioids can cause and the process required to help you build a solid case. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.

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5555 Glenridge Connector Suite 550
Atlanta, GA 30342

(404) 751-4720

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Mon.-Fri.: 9am-5pm