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 every year.
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.