Opioid Prescription Malpractice Can Have Devastating Effects
The opioid epidemic in the United States is one of the biggest public health crises of our time. Opioid overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Even for people who survive opioid addiction, the ramifications can last a lifetime.
If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction, you know firsthand how devastating this problem can be.
You may also know that many addicts follow a common path down the road to addiction. For many people, addiction to opioids begins after a doctor prescribes an opioid legally. A patient may start taking that medication to help cope with chronic pain, only to find that larger and larger doses are needed to feel okay. Sometimes, this can spiral into addiction.
Despite the many dangers of opioid treatment, doctors are prescribing opioids in higher doses than ever. According to the Center for Disease Control, the amount of opioids prescribed in 2015 is three times higher than the amount prescribed in 1999.
Fortunately, opioid prescriptions have begun to decline, but that is small comfort for the millions of people whose lives have been affected by opioid addiction. However, if you or a loved one were prescribed opioids, you may be able to achieve justice.
Medical malpractice refers to an event where a healthcare provider fails to perform their job responsibilities. If a provider makes an error that a reasonable person would not make, you may be the victim of medical malpractice.
Reckless opioid prescription may fall under the category of medical malpractice. An experienced attorney can help you figure out whether your healthcare provider was insufficiently careful in prescribing opioids for you or a loved one.
If you were the victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to a financial settlement. Although money cannot make up for the pain you and your family suffered due to reckless opioid prescription, it can be an important step in holding healthcare providers accountable.
Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble Today
At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we understand how serious opioid addiction can be. Our experienced team of attorneys believes in the importance of standing up for patients who experienced malpractice. We will listen to your story and help you figure out the best option for you and your family, possibly including the negotiation of a settlement.
Contact the attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss opioid prescription, medical malpractice and potential negotiations. Contact us online or call at (908) 928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817.