Doctors make mistakes.
Medical malpractice (negligence) occurs when a health care professional fails to diagnose a condition or to properly treat a patient and such failure in turn causes injury to the patient. Although a doctor is not responsible for a bad outcome standing alone, the doctor may be liable if he or she did not exercise reasonable care in treating a patient.
This failure to exercise reasonable care can occur in many instances: failing to diagnose a condition, improperly performing a procedure, neglecting a patient, failing to order tests, failing to refer the patient to a specialist, prescribing an improper medication, etc.
Forum Law Group also represents patients who have been overprescribed painkillers, including narcotics and opioids. If you think you might have been taken advantage of by a doctor or pharmacy, we are here to evaluate your case for free.
Opioids are painkiller medications that are often prescribed by physicians or nurses to treat both acute and chronic pain. These medications include Vicodin, Oxycodone, Codeine, Fentanyl, Morphine, Methadone, Dilaudid, and OxyContin, among others. They are classified as Schedule 2 narcotics by the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In recent years, many patients have experienced overdoses and debilitating addictions as a result of physicians prescribing opioids in doses that exceed what is medically safe. Effects of overprescription include addiction, accidental overdose, loss of relationships and employment, inability to function in daily life activities, and turning to illicit opioid drugs such as heroin if prescriptions are discontinued improperly and/or without adequate medical supervision. Opioid overdose causes respiratory arrest, cognitive changes, confusion, unresponsiveness, cardiac arrest, and even death. Currently, opioid overdoses lead to the death of over 33,000 Americans annually.
Many state Attorneys General are investigating and filing lawsuits against responsible parties in relation to the current opioid crisis in the United States. These investigations are focused on claims the states may have and do not address the claims of individual patients and families who may have been harmed by opioid prescription practices.
Individuals who believe they have been harmed should contact an attorney regarding their potential claims. Claims may be subject to time limitations, so we encourage you to reach out to our firm for a free consultation if you believe you or a loved one has been impacted.
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