The opioid epidemic is real and affecting approximately 2 million Americans who currently suffer from addiction. Their lives, and the lives of their families, have been damaged by opioid dependence and a prescribing physician or the drug manufacturer could be to blame. For what damages could these manufacturers be held responsible?
Medical expenses related to opioid addiction include drug treatment programs, rehabilitation and any medications used in a drug-assisted detox therapy. The manufacturer may be liable for the cost of the opioid medications that caused the addiction as well.
If you’ve lost your job because of opioid addiction or had to take an extended leave for treatment and have lost income, the opioid manufacturer for the drug you were prescribed may be held accountable. If the loss of income has resulted in further damages, this could also be considered.
Pain and Suffering
The psychological impacts of drug addiction are far-reaching and affect not only the patient but also their family and friends. This unnecessary suffering is an important part of any opioid lawsuit.
Loss of Consortium
Loss of consortium is the loss of a spouse or family members’ services. If your partner has been impacted severely by drug addiction long-term and they can no longer participate fully in the relationship, this loss of consortium can have lifelong effects for everyone involved.
If your loved one has lost their life to the opioid epidemic, then the drug manufacturers could be liable for the funeral expenses. These could be in addition to covering back medical expenses and lost wages, the psychological suffering of the family and possibly loss of consortium as well.
You trust that the medications you are prescribed are designed to help you, not hurt you. However, when they cause harm, it’s important to know your rights. To discuss your case in more detail and learn what options you have, call Conley Griggs Partin LLP today to schedule your consultation.
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