Why File Opioid Lawsuits Against Big Pharma Companies?
Dating back to the late 1990s, the manufacturers of opioid pain relievers kept assuring the medical community their product would not cause addiction. This act snowballed into the opioid epidemic that has claimed millions of lives throughout the country.
As families and communities have suffered, the statute of limitations has run out for individual claims. Local governments are taking it upon themselves to hold big pharma companies accountable for the public health emergency.
The esteemed personal injury lawyers of D’Amico Law Offices, LLC have been representing local and state municipalities and counties across the country. If your community has spent significant resources battling the opioid crisis, you may be entitled to recover damages.
Table of Contents
- What is Opioid Litigation?
- What Are the Recoverable Damages in an Opioid Litigation Settlement?
- Why are Local Government Entities Filing Opioid Lawsuits?
- What is the Global Opioid Lawsuit Settlement?
- What Are the Most Common Types of Drugs in an Opioid Lawsuit?
- Why Contact an Experienced Opioid Lawsuit Lawyer?
- Testimonials for D’Amico Law
- Opioid Litigation FAQs
What is Opioid Litigation?
The opioid epidemic has cost state and local governments billions of dollars in battling widespread addiction.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the last reporting year:
- More than 70,000 people suffered fatal overdoses
- 1.6 million people have an opioid use disorder
- 10.1 million people misuse prescription opioids
- Over 48,000 people fatally overdosed on synthetic opioids
The economic cost of the opioid epidemic in the last reporting year was estimated at $1,021 billion nationwide.
Opioid litigation seeks to recover those economic losses. Healthcare costs, substance abuse and addiction programs, prevention costs and programs, productivity costs, and criminal justice costs are some of the damages D’Amico Law Offices, LLC is seeking.
What Are the Recoverable Damages in an Opioid Litigation Settlement?
D’Amico Law Offices, LLC is helping local and state municipalities and counties obtain legal damages caused by the opioid epidemic.
If your community has suffered significant economic losses due to the ongoing opioid crisis, you may be entitled to recover:
- Lost productivity damages
- Health insurance losses
- Law enforcement costs related to the opioid epidemic
- Substance abuse treatment
- Substance abuse programs and preventative measures
Contact our dedicated opioid lawsuit attorneys today to discuss your case.
Why are Local Government Entities Filing Opioid Lawsuits?
In an unprecedented turn in legal history, government localities are seeking damages alongside the states. The reason may trace back to the big tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). In 1998, the tobacco industry agreed to pay a guaranteed minimum of $206 billion for the cost of health care for people who got sick.
However, sources have found that the bulk of the money did not go where it was promised. Instead, most of the money was spent on different interest projects throughout the U.S. Other states are reported to have pocketed the money or run it through Wall Street.
The $206 billion was set to be paid over a period of 25 years. Once the tobacco companies realized the money was not being used for its intended purpose, they stopped paying.
Now, communities that have been hurt the worst by the opioid epidemic are afraid of history repeating itself. Cities, counties, and municipalities are standing up for their own rights and for the people most affected by the opioid epidemic by filing opioid lawsuits independent from the states.
As far back as 2014, local public entities began seeking damages in opioid litigation. However, State Attorney Generals believed they were better positioned to recover damages from opioid lawsuits. Without a guarantee that money from opioid litigation will go where it is needed, localities are making their voices heard.
If you represent a public entity that has been adversely affected by the opioid epidemic, you have rights. After seeing the people in our communities suffer from addiction and death, an opioid lawsuit lawyer will fight to secure the compensation your community deserves. Call D’Amico Law Offices, LLC and schedule a consultation.
What is the Global Opioid Lawsuit Settlement?
Localities are filling opioid lawsuits against manufacturers of opioids and the supply chain.
Many cases are being grouped together in opioid multi-district litigation (MDL). MDLs are similar to class actions but with less structure. One of the biggest opioid litigation settlements is the global settlement.
The Global Settlement involves:
- An offer of $26 billion from Johnson & Johnson (manufacturer), McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal Health (distributors) to resolve more than 3,000 opioid lawsuits nationwide.
Other opioid litigation settlements include:
- Mallinckrodt’s $1.6 bankruptcy offer
- Purdue offered a $4.5 billion bankruptcy plan
There are many other major opioid manufacturers and distributors not included in the opioid lawsuit settlements above, including:
- Teva (manufacturer)
- Pharmacies CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and Giant Eagle
- Purdue Pharma (manufacturer)
- Mallinckrodt (manufacturer)
- Indivior/Benckiser (manufacturer)
If your community has suffered due to opioid addiction, consider speaking with our municipalities and counties opioid lawsuit lawyer.
After seeing the people in our communities suffer from addiction and death, an opioid lawsuit lawyer will fight to secure the compensation your community deserves.
What Are the Most Common Types of Drugs in an Opioid Lawsuit?
Heroin is the most well-known drug created from morphine. Heroin can be taken in any number of ways, including injection, snorted, smoked, sniffed.
Heroin is highly addictive due to its effects on the brain. As heroin enters the brain, it can control the feelings of pain and pleasure. It is derived from the seed pods of poppy plants.
Oxycodone is the most widely used opioid pain medication in the United States. It arrived on the market in 1939 and was classified as a Schedule II drug in the 1970s. A Schedule II labels a drug as likely to be used for abuse and addiction.
Many former heroin users use oxycodone because it is cheaper to attain.
Fentanyl is a synthetic painkiller. It is odorless, white, flavorless, and extremely potent. Fentanyl is so powerful in small doses that a person who tries to help an overdose victim can suffer an overdose by inhaling a small amount.
Fentanyl is also increasing in cities due to its easy concealment and cheapness. It is rapidly replacing heroin and other illicit drugs, and is also being mixed in with various street drugs.
Opioids are some of the most addictive drugs ever made.
Why Contact an Experienced Opioid Lawsuit Lawyer?
When you intend to fight big pharma, you need the best. The highly accomplished opioid lawsuit lawyers of D’Amico Law Offices, LLC are here for you.
We understand the impact of the opioid crisis because we have watched it in our towns and cities alongside you. Millions of dollars spent on substance abuse treatment and centers, preventative programs, and rising health care costs have taken money away from your communities. A look at the numbers above shows that the opioid crisis will continue to be expensive.
Testimonials for D’Amico Law
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