Opioid Victim Lawsuit Signed Cases
Lawsuits are stories told by lawyers. There are few that are as compelling as the stories of families struggling with opioid addiction. Their lives may have been the picture of normalcy, even success, when a family member became addicted to opioid painkillers. It may have started with a run-of-the-mill injury while playing a sport or due to a car accident, but the addiction spiraled out of control and may have included heroin use, criminal activity and a fatal overdose. The characters include the makers and sellers of opioids, those who made billions of dollars while downplaying the chances of addiction and encouraging doctors to prescribe more and more and more pills.
If your firm wants to tell this story and is involved in, or is considering getting involved in, righting the wrongs committed by the pharmaceutical industry and health care providers who have profited from this man-made disaster, ForLawFirmsOnly can help.
Opioids meant to help people ended up destroying lives and families
Opioid addiction has laid waste to some communities. Nearly half of US adults have a close friend or family member who’s been addicted to drugs, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, reports Vox. This cuts across sex, race, age and education levels.
In 2016 about 20.1 million Americans 12 or older had a substance use disorder, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. About 2.1 million, or 10 percent, had an opioid use disorder. This number is about the same as the number of residents of Houston, Texas, or the entire state of New Mexico.
Opioids are the biggest reason for the recent US increase in drug overdose deaths. Opioids were related to nearly 17,000 overdose deaths in 1999. That went up to more than 64,000 by 2016. Opioid related deaths have occurred in America’s poorest rural areas, in our inner cities and wealthiest suburbs.
It’s been estimated that nearly two-thirds of overdose deaths are linked to opioids. More Americans are dying from opioid and heroin use than in vehicle accidents. The federal government estimates about 130 Americans die each day due to opioid use.
How did we get here?
The US opioid epidemic dates to the 1990’s, when the drug OxyContin was released and mass marketed. Pain went from being under-treated to something that handfuls of pills could address with ease. There were marketing campaigns pushing physicians to treat pain more widely with opioids.
Manufacturers downplayed the risks of addiction while these painkillers reached a much wider group of patients, many of whom misused them and became addicted. Frequently those who couldn’t get enough opioid pills legally bought them from drug dealers or used cheaper alternatives like heroin and fentanyl.
The total tab for the harm done by opioids? More than a trillion dollars since 2001, according to a study by Altarum, a nonprofit studying the health economy, reports NPR.
- The costs may be another $500 billion over the next three years.
- The losses include lost earnings to workers and lost productivity to employers.
- Early deaths and substance abuse place burdens on local, state and federal government.
- Estimated health care expenses are more than $215 billion since 2001.
- The average person dying of opioid use is in their 30’s and 40’s, what should be a time when they’re in the prime of productive years of their lives.
Every type of business that played a role in making, distributing and selling opioids is being sued by individuals, in class actions and by local and state governments. Individual doctors, medical practices and hospitals could also be defendants if they were negligent in prescribing opioids. Pharmacies and distributors are being sued for knowing that there were far too many opioids being sold for legitimate use and they failed to take appropriate steps to try to stop it.
Thousands of government entities are suing companies like Purdue Pharma, Walmart and Rite-Aid to cover costs caused by opioid abuse and addiction. Due to this litigation, evidence of wrongdoing has become known, leading to more legal actions being filed by greater numbers of plaintiffs.
How ForLawFirmsOnly can help your opioid litigation practice grow
We have a division focusing only on generating leads for attorneys looking for mass tort litigation plaintiffs. We put all our energy and expertise into getting the highest quality leads for our clients. Only one firm receives each signed client.
Our multi-channel lead generation programs use Google search, cable TV, connected TV, radio, web banner ads, social media, online surveys and traditional advertising to gather Opioid users who are potential clients for your firm who are thoroughly vetted based on YOUR criteria.
After we’re contacted, the potential client is screened to ensure quality and our Intake Team walks the prospect through the intake process. We can perform a range of services for you, from just signing your retainer and HIPPA releases to sending out a medical investigator to review the case with your client to help strengthen their case.
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We are very responsive and offer small intro orders for mass tort leads without contracts. ForLawFirmsOnly wants you to work with us because of the quality of our Opioid signed clients, not due to a contractual obligation.