Doctors have routinely prescribed opioids for decades to people suffering from acute or chronic pain. Although opioids are a useful tool in treating patients, they have a high potential for abuse and can cause debilitating side effects. Unfortunately, in many instances, people who were prescribed opioids were not adequately informed of the risks associated with them and developed crippling addictions. If opioids harmed you or a loved one, you may be able to recover damages from the opioid manufacturer, and you should speak with an attorney who is experienced in pursuing consumer rights claims. Texas opioid injury lawyer Alex R. Hernandez, Jr. proudly advocates on behalf of people harmed by careless corporations, helping them seek compensation for their damages. Mr. Hernandez represents people in cases throughout Texas, and he will advocate diligently on your behalf.Harm Caused by Opioids
The opioid epidemic affects every layer of society, and many families have been devastated by the lasting effects of opioid addiction. Opioids are often prescribed to people suffering from chronic conditions, such as herniated discs or arthritis, or acute injuries, such as torn ligaments or tendons. Opioids act by blocking pain sensors in the brain. They not only offer relief from pain but also cause feelings of euphoria. Due to the nature in which opioids work, they alter people’s brain functions and are highly addictive. Opioid addiction often leads to abuse, including taking higher or more frequent doses than those that were prescribed. In many instances, people who are addicted to opioids turn to heroin and other illicit drugs to support their addictions. Opioid abuse and the use of illicit drugs can lead to grave consequences, including overdoses and death. Essentially, when a person consumes too many opiates, it suppresses the person’s breathing, which may ultimately deprive his or her brain of oxygen, causing death.Claims Against Pharmaceutical Companies
If you sustained harm due to the use of an opioid, an opioid injury attorney in Texas may be able to help you pursue claims against the manufacturer of the drug that you were prescribed. The claims that you can assert and the defendants from which you can seek damages will depend on which drug you were prescribed. For example, many people have filed claims against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxycontin, which ultimately resulted in Purdue Pharma filing for bankruptcy. Although people harmed by Oxycontin can still pursue claims against Purdue Pharma, they have a limited time to do so. Thus, it is critical for people who sustained harm due to Oxycontin to act promptly if they wish to pursue claims.
Generally, however, claims against pharmaceutical manufacturers arising out of the use of opioids allege that the manufacturers falsely advertised their products as safe and non-addictive if taken as prescribed, even if they are used for long-term pain management. Additionally, many lawsuits allege that pharmaceutical companies often exaggerated the benefits of opioids to the detriment of patients. A Texas opioid injury attorney pursuing such claims typically must show that a physician prescribed the plaintiff an opioid that was manufactured by the defendant, and the defendant knew or should have known of the dangers associated with its product. The plaintiff’s attorney also must show that the defendant failed to adequately warn users of the product about the potential risks of harm, which ultimately resulted in the users’ injuries.
If a plaintiff can prove a pharmaceutical company’s liability, he or she may be able to recover the cost of any medical treatment and addiction treatment, damages for lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering. In some cases, if the plaintiff can establish that the pharmaceutical company’s acts were egregious and warrant punishment, he or she may be able to recover exemplary damages as well.Consult a Dedicated Consumer Rights Attorney
Opioid addiction has caused widespread harm throughout the nation. If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to the use of opioids, it is in your best interest to consult an opioid injury lawyer in Texas regarding your potential claims. Alex R. Hernandez, Jr. is a dedicated consumer rights attorney who is adept at helping injured people recover damages from corporations, and he will advocate aggressively on your behalf. Mr. Hernandez has offices in Corpus Christi, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Edinburg, Laredo, and El Paso, and he assists people harmed by opioid addiction in cases throughout Texas. You can contact Mr. Hernandez via the online form or at 1-888-977-4725 to schedule a confidential and free meeting.