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It is never easy to lose a loved one, but when your spouse or family member dies due to a preventable opioid overdose, the loss can be even more painful. Opioid addiction is now the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 50. According toU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of opioid prescriptions has increased by nearly 500% percent in the past 2 decades. Opioid addiction has become a huge problem for our nation, leading to thousands of deaths by overdose each year. According to theU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), nearly 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids in 2014, and studies show these numbers continue to rise. If someone you love was over-prescribed opioids by a negligent doctor, or prescribed a drug due to false marketing and failure to warn, you might have a wrongful death case.
At Law Offices of Mark A. Correro, our wrongful death attorneys are currently accepting wrongful death cases on behalf of families who lost loved ones to drug overdoses. While our firm is based in Houston, we handle cases nationwide and will work with the families of loved ones to fight for their right to justice on their loved ones’ behalf. Our knowledgeable trial lawyers have decades of experience on our side, and we have worked on numerous complex cases for our clients. No matter how intricate or challenging your case may seem, our lawyers are dedicated to providing clients with the aggressive, compassionate legal representation they need and deserve.
To speak with one of our trial attorneys, call our firm at (844) 836-8664.
Opioid Overdose & Potential Allegations
Between 2000 and 2014, approximately half a million people in the United States died from drug overdoses, according to a study by the CDC. Many of the overdoses were the preventable result of over-prescription due to the false marketing and negligence of pharmaceutical companies, drug distributors, and doctors.
Drug manufacturers and big pharmaceutical companies are primarily responsible for the opioid crisis sweeping the nation. These companies engaged in false advertising and deceptive marketing in an effort to hide the s addictive qualities of their drugs. Further, these pharmaceutical companies pushed doctors to over-prescribe opioids by offering incentives.
Distributors, pharmacies and clinics failed to monitor the rampant over-prescription of these dangerous drugs. Instead, they participated in flooding society with these dangerously addictive drugs, putting profits ahead of their responsibility to their patients and the public.
Some doctors and other healthcare professionals were also negligent in their prescription of opioids, either over-prescribing the drugs or failing to notice the symptoms of addiction. Although most doctors are responsible professionals who care for their patients, there are an unfortunate few who operate as no more than pill mills, recklessly overprescribing dangerous drugs with no concern for the consequences.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
The laws regarding wrongful death lawsuits vary by state. However, as a general rule, the spouse and dependents of the deceased are eligible to bring wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of the deceased, as well as claims for their own financial and emotional losses. By filing wrongful death lawsuits, families can fight for compensation for many of the overwhelming expenses resulting from the passing of their loved ones. This might include, medical bills, the deceased person’s potential future earnings, funeral costs, and compensation for the emotional pain caused by their loss.
Let Law Offices of Mark A. Correro Help You
If someone you love suffered a fatal overdose caused by a doctor or pharmaceutical company’s negligence, our firm wants to help. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys can help determine whether you have a valid lawsuit and work with you to gather evidence against the responsible parties. We will use our legal skills and knowledge to provide you with the legal guidance you require during this difficult, emotionally trying time. Let our firm help you fight for justice and compensation.