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Opioid Medication Malpractice

Addressing Injuries and Deaths Due to Overdoses and Misuse of Opioids


Illinois Opioid Medication Malpractice Lawyer

Chicago Dangerous Drugs Attorney for Injuries Caused by Prescription Opioids

Opioid painkillers can provide benefits to patients in some cases, but they can also be very dangerous. If these drugs are not used correctly, they can be addictive, and patients may encounter serious side effects. Misuse of opioids is common, and all too often, it leads to overdoses that result in permanent injuries or death. When injuries or deaths take place because doctors failed to protect patients' safety, victims may be able to pursue medical malpractice lawsuits. Victims may also be able to take legal action against drug companies that created and sold these dangerous products.

Cases involving opioids can be complex, and victims will want to understand their legal options. In some cases, those who have been affected may be able to join mass torts against drug manufacturers or other parties. If you have a loved one that died while on opioids, we may be able to help. Contact our office at 866-553-9812 to set up a free consultation.

Prescription Opioid Illnesses and Injuries

Even when opioids are used properly, and a patient is supervised by a doctor, serious side effects may occur, including drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness, mental confusion, depression, and nausea. In addition to minimizing pain, opioids also induce sensations of pleasure, which can lead to addiction. As patients take higher doses or combine opioids with other drugs in order to achieve the desired results, they may experience overdoses, which can lead to life-threatening symptoms such as lowered heart rates and reduced intake of oxygen.

Side Effects

While they can provide pain relief, opioids may have other serious effects, including dizziness, confusion, nausea, fatigue, reduced energy levels, muscle weakness, and a decreased sex drive. Opioids can also interact with other drugs or medicines, leading to even more dangerous side effects.

Prescription Opioid Frequently Asked Questions

What Types of Opioid Drugs Are Available?

There are multiple types of prescription opioids that may be used for medical purposes, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, codeine, and methadone. Illegal drugs such as heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl may also be used either in combination with prescription drugs or separately.

How Common Is Opioid Use?

The use of prescription opioids has been on the rise since the 1990s. Currently, around 190 million opioid prescriptions are issued every year. Opioid abuse has also been increasing, with around 11 million people each year reporting that they have misused opioids.

When Can Prescribing Opioids Be Considered Medical Malpractice?

Medical professionals may cause patients to suffer harm if they fail to properly consider when opioids should be used properly or monitor patients' use of these drugs. Malpractice may also involve prescribing opioids at doses that are too high or failing to consider how opioids may interact with other medications used by a patient.
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