Tampa Opioid Overdose Attorney
American’s struggle with opioids has long reached crisis levels. In recent years, drug overdoses surpassed car accidents to become the leading cause of accidental death in the nation. In 2012, physicians wrote over 259 million prescriptions of opioids – almost enough for every American to have their own bottle.
Unfortunately, many opioid addictions begin with a legitimate prescription. If you or a loved one recently suffered harm while using a prescription opioid, you may be entitled to collect damages from a negligent physician or healthcare provider. Contact the Tampa personal injury attorneys at Bulluck Law Group for a free and confidential review of your legal options.
Who Should Pursue an Opioid Overdose Claim?
If you or a loved one sustained injuries while using a prescription opioid, you might be wondering if you have legal grounds for a claim. While each personal injury case is unique, there are certain factors that may increase the likelihood that provider negligence played a role in your or a loved one’s overdose.
Contact our law office right away if any of the following apply:
- You or a loved one received an opioid prescription written by a medical professional.
- You lost a loved one to an opioid overdose.
- You or a loved one incurred medical bills, lost wages, or other harm as the result of an opioid overdose or dependence.
Currently, state agencies are working directly with lawyers to file class action suits against drug manufacturers, but these types of actions can be lengthy. You may also have legal grounds for a claim against an individual provider who negligently prescribed these dangerous drugs. For more information or to schedule a free case review, contact Bulluck Law Group as soon as possible.
Who Is to Blame for an Opioid Overdose?
Determining who is at fault for an opioid overdose injury or death requires the guidance of an experienced attorney. One of the first things an attorney at Bulluck Law Group will do is examine your loved one’s care. We thoroughly examine medical records for any sign of provider negligence.
Your health care provider owes you a high duty of care. This means that he or she must adhere to certain standards when providing treatment, diagnosing medical problems, and prescribing medications. There are many ways a physician can commit negligence. You may have legal grounds for an opioid malpractice claim if all the following apply:
- The physician owed you a duty of care; i.e., you were his or her patient.
- The physician violated his or her duty of care (committed negligence).
- His or her negligence led to your (or a loved one’s) injuries.
- You suffered damages as a result (medical bills, lost wages, or intangible losses such as loss of life quality or loss of partnership).
Identifying negligence often requires testimony from another medical expert – usually a similarly trained physician with comparable experience. At Bulluck Law Group, we have an extensive network of expert witnesses who can identify medical malpractice and testify on your behalf.
Common Causes of Medical Malpractice
There are some common causes of medical malpractice that may give rise to an opioid overdose claim. These include:
- Failing to properly examine a patient. An improper exam, inadequate history, or failure to order important tests can all lead to devastating consequences.
- Flagrant prescription of opioid medications. While the administration of opioids is sometimes appropriate, it should not be a long-term solution, due to its addictive qualities. Physicians should consider other options like physical therapy and other forms of pain control.
- Ignoring warning signs of opioid addiction. Prescription painkillers are highly addictive and patients developing a tolerance usually display certain warning signs. In certain situations, doctors even fail to intervene when a patient describes their concern about developing a tolerance.
- Unnecessary prescribing behavior. Since opioids are so powerful, the FDA only approves their use in certain situations. When doctors engage in off-label prescribing, it might be a sign of medical negligence.
Claims Against Manufacturers
Additionally, you may have a claim against a drug manufacturer if you or a loved one experienced harm from using an opioid medication. Opioid overdose cases can be complex, and it’s possible you have a claim against a drug manufacturer for damages, even if your doctor’s negligence contributed to an injury or a loved one’s passing. A drug manufacturer, for example, might be responsible for marketing a drug illegally or for offering kickbacks to physicians for prescribing a drug off-label. A personal injury attorney can help you identify the parties responsible for your damages and pursue multiple claims if necessary.
Your Tampa Opioid Overdose Attorney
If you or a loved one recently sustained damages due to an opioid-related injury or death, contact the Tampa personal injury attorneys at Bulluck Law Group to schedule a free initial consultation. We offer our services on a contingency-fee basis, which means you’ll only owe attorney’s fees if we win a court judgment or settlement on your behalf. Start your opioid overdose claim today.