The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared that prescription
drug abuse is an epidemic in the United States. Deaths from overdose related
to prescription opioid medication have increased to around 17,000 fatalities
So what are opioids? Most narcotic pain medications consist of opium, which
is commonly found in heroin – one of the most addictive drugs in
the world. Medications such as codeine, morphine, Vicodin, OxyContin,
Dilaudid, and Percocet contain opium in them.
The main concern with addiction is that patients who are addicted cannot
stop taking the medication. While many people can break the habit, others
have an extremely difficult time.
Can You File a Medical Malpractice Claim Against Your Doctor?
Doctors owe a specific standard of care to all their patients. If they
fall below that duty and patients suffer harm, physicians can be held
liable for turning their patients into opiate addicts.
The main cause of
medical malpractice boils down to negligence. In an opiate addict case, the victim must show
that something about his or her doctor’s drug prescription –
the type of drug, the dosage amount, and the failure to notice signs of
addiction – was a breach of the duty of care owed to the patient.
If you are suffering from opioid addiction due your doctor overprescribing
medication, our Austin personal injury attorney at
Komie & Morrow, LLP are ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve to kick the
habit. With more than five decades of experience, we can investigate your
case, collect evidence, and help you obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
Do not hesitate to
contact us and schedule a
free consultation today.