Oxycontin and Opioid Litigation
Everywhere across the country has been directly impacted by the influx of oxycontin and other opioids by the manufacturers. Families everywhere are either directly affected or know someone who has been impacted by the devastation caused by the opioid crisis. An addiction to these types of pain killers has led to huge issues in our communities, including overdoses, death, divorce, and child separation.
Opioid and Oxycontin Settlement
Who is responsible? After years of wrangling with the manufacturers of these drugs, it has become very apparent that large producers of these pills have continually dumped millions of pills in small towns across America. With large companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Perdue, Teva, McKesson, and others making hundreds of millions, even billions on these pain killers, your local communities have been unable to keep up with the crisis that has led to over 400,000 deaths between 1997 and 2017 with that number climbing every day.
Can You Make a Claim to the Settlement Fund?
As ongoing lawsuits are settled, funds will be created to not only reimburse federal agencies, states, counties, and local city governments; they will also be set up to help those individuals and families that were directly impacted by prescribed opioids. To access any potential settlement dollars, you must have your claim evaluated as soon as possible to do that we have set up a website for you to visit. Once your information is submitted, your claim can thoroughly be evaluated. Whether you lost a loved one due to overdose or had direct cost impacts from addiction treatment, family issues such as a divorce, or if the addiction impacted your children, you may have a claim.
Opioid Manufacturers Under Investigation
In addition to the ongoing lawsuits to help individuals and families that have been impacted by the opioid crisis, there is also a criminal investigation going on. The flow of pain pills in communities across the country were not adequately monitored in direct violation of Federal law. As a result, we have seen millions of pills get dumped into small cities and towns from West Virginia to California.
Damages Considered in the Opioid Settlement
If you or your family or someone you know was prescribed an opioid, including Oxycontin, to help manage pain, you must reach out to our office. Once it has been established that a claimant was prescribed one of these highly potent pain killers, the next step is to determine the impact on their lives and the lives of their family members.
Potential impact includes the more prominent issues such as addiction treatment and even death, but the more unconventional costs to families could be as a result of a divorce, child separation, or even the loss of a home or other asset. It is important as with all other lawsuits that a cost is established, and that cost is directly associated with the addiction caused by the prescribed opioid.
What are Opioid Injuries?
As in other pain medications, opioids, like Oxycontin and Oxycodone, were developed as painkillers to help patients who were struggling with some ailment, whether it be from a work injury, car accident or another type of injury. The issue appears when the patient becomes addicted to these strong painkillers and the resulting injuries that are sustained, physical, emotional, monetarily, and even mentally.
Injuries Related to Opioids:
Injuries related to opioids included the following:
1. Addiction and treatment associated injuries,
2. Heart complications and treatments,
3. Respiratory complications and treatments,
4. Family financial injuries, such as divorce, loss of homes,
5. Child injuries related to addiction and recovery,
6. Deaths tied directly to overdose and cardiac arrest,
7. Other injuries linked to documented Opioid use.
Filing and Opioid Injury Settlement Claim
With settlements announced and processes underway to provide compensation to government agencies, Perdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, has filed for bankruptcy. This tactic to move the settlement of injury claims along is meant to hinder the full financial recovery for those impacted by their drug as prescribed.
To assist those affected by the reckless prescription and distribution of opioids, including OxyContin, our office is accepting claims to file with the courts. If you want to participate and need additional information, please feel free to reach out to our office.