Experienced Injury Attorneys Help You Pursue Negligent Doctors and Manufacturers for Opioid Addiction and Overdose Throughout the United States
Opioid addiction & overdose is a serious problem in California and across the nation. If you or a loved one are negligently prescribed or provided dangerous pain relievers by a physician, you may have a claim for personal injury or wrongful death if your loved one passed away due to negligent prescriptive practices.
While compensation cannot solve an addiction, or restore life, it can help you get the support you need to improve your life after addiction.
Drug addiction is always a problem, but it is worse when the drug dealer is licensed to practice medicine and tells you the drug will solve your problems and ease your pain. In 2016, there were 23,684,377 prescriptions written for opioid pain relievers in California. That same year, there were more than 2,000 deaths from opioid overdose, 237 deaths from fentanyl, and 4,623 emergency department visits for overdose.
Pursuing justice for medical malpractice and manufacturer liability that causes opioid addiction in America
As lives and families are ruined and ended, patients are taking physicians to court to pay for the injury they suffer because they are provided negligent care and prescribed dangerous drugs. In 2016, a Los Angeles physician was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the overdose deaths of three of her patients.
Claims against physicians for medical malpractice
Negligently prescribing drugs can be lucrative for doctors and deadly for patients. The following practices could contribute to a claim against a physician for medical malpractice:
Prescribing or refilling a prescription for dangerous narcotics without a physical examination
Prescribing addictive medications when non-addictive medication or alternative treatment is available
Failing to take and review a medical and pharmaceutical history prior to providing a prescription
Prescribing stronger medication than is needed, or providing a higher quantity of medication than is advised for potentially addictive substances
Prescribing a “cocktail” of drugs that could injure or kill a patient, or create a lethal drug interaction or reaction
Failure to monitor patients prescribed narcotic, sedative, or psychotropic drugs
Licensed providers like physicians or psychiatrists can legally prescribe drugs, but accountability may exist if the prescriptions provided are unnecessary, excessive, or unmonitored.
Manufacturers liable for failure to warn of addiction and risks
While doctors and medical professionals may be accountable for the overprescription of opioids, manufacturers may also be held accountable. The following practices by an opioid manufacturer could make them liable for a failure to warn claim:
Failure to adequately warn about addiction risks
Deliberately withholding information about addiction dangers
Intentionally deceiving medical professionals and patients about potential and risk of addiction
Skilled medical malpractice attorneys pursue doctors and manufacturers for negligence
Our firm offers strong legal representation to victims of medical malpractice recovering from opioid abuse. Because we formerly represented physicians in civil and administrative cases accused of overprescribing and lack of monitoring, we have the experience and knowledge to deliver decisive advocacy for victims of negligent prescription practices.
Bertling Law Group represents opioid victims and their families who are injured through negligent prescription practices. We can help when you fall into opioid addiction or abuse due to treatment by a negligent doctor, or if your family member died from overdose. Contact us at 844-295-7558 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.