Portland Opioid Lawsuit Attorney
Misuse of synthetic opioid painkillers is a national public health crisis, with these medications now killing more people than vehicle accidents each year. According to the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people in the USA die each day as a result of opioid overdoses.
The high toxicity of these drugs makes them very dangerous, especially in cases of prescription error, doctor error, or opioids administered incorrectly.
However, recently it has been found that drug manufacturers and wholesalers may have misled doctors and acted negligently in marketing and delivering opioid painkillers. These drug companies can be held liable for their actions.
If you or a loved one has suffered from an overdose or been otherwise harmed by the use of opioid medications, Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC can help.
Why Choose Us
The attorneys at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC have extensive experience with personal injury cases. For a number of reasons, we are uniquely qualified to deal with lawsuits involving opioids.
- We have the resources and experience to take on large corporations – such as drug manufacturers – and win.
- We maintain a small caseload so that we can give personal, undivided attention to the clients that we choose to represent.
- We are aggressive negotiators and experienced trial lawyers. We will not hesitate to take your case to trial to recover the maximum possible compensation.
- We have more than 50 years of combined legal experience that has earned us an outstanding reputation and numerous recognitions from respected organizations.
Opioid Addiction and Death
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about two-thirds of the more than 63,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved an opioid. The number of deaths associated with these substances was five times higher than in 1999.
What are the causes of this increase? According to CDC, it is the result of factors that include increases in prescriptions of opioid painkillers and the rise in illegal manufacture and abuse of a particularly dangerous drug, fentanyl. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. It is manufactured and sold illegally to drug users. It can be mixed with heroin and/or cocaine, a fact that can be unknown to those who purchase it.
The financial impact of opioid overdose deaths in Washington state over the four years ending in 2016 has been estimated to be $34 billion. Data available from the Washington State Department of Health show nearly 700 opioid-related deaths in 2016, with more than 60 percent of these the result of prescription drug overdoses. The cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett have all filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, accusing them of unfair and deceptive marketing, criminal profiteering and other crimes.
Why You Need a Lawyer
More than 800 lawsuits have been brought against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid medications. Opioid cases can involve complex issues, requiring a great depth of experience with relevant law, testimony from medical experts and, if illegal manufacture is a factor, a coordinated effort with law enforcement agencies. Given the national scope of this problem and its high profile, insurers and manufacturers are steeling themselves to fight back as vigorously as possible. At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, we have the civil court experience to help you seek the maximum in compensation.
Contact Us Today
If your loved one suffered a serious injury or died due to opioids, contact Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC for a free case consultation.