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Boston Opioid Overdose Lawyers

The United States is in the middle of a national crisis – an opioid epidemic that is taking the lives of thousands of Americans each year. At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers we are concerned about the opioid crisis and are actively seeking justice and compensation for those who have been hurt by prescribed opioids.

If you or someone you love has been hospitalized or passed away due to an overdose of prescribed opioids you may be eligible for compensation. 

At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, our attorneys can advise you on your legal options and fight for the financial security you need to move forward with your life.

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Startling Statistics

  • Everyday over 130 people die from overdosing on opioids
  • Approximately 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for pain misuse them
  • Out of that number 8 and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder
  • It’s estimated 4 to 6 percent of those who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin
  • Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans over 50

Some of the most common types of car crash cases we handle include:

  • Craving painkillers after the pain has subsided
  • Overusing the pills, taking more than the prescribed dosage
  • Contemplating the use of illegal drugs such as heroin as a substitute for the prescribed medication

What are some warning signs of opioid addiction?

Are you concerned that you or a loved one is becoming addicted to opioids?

If you or a loved one are displaying the warning signs of addiction, you may want to reach out to an addiction counseling organization. The early detection of addiction can help stop the problem before it becomes too strong to resist.

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Who is to blame?

Big name pharmaceutical companies have made billions of dollars by pushing opioid medications through extensive marketing schemes. Drug manufacturers are accused of misleading doctors and the public about the addictiveness of opioid based drug medications. They heavily advertise the benefits of the medication while understating how addictive opioids are. What has been the result? Countless of Americans are suffering the consequences of opioid addiction, while pharmaceutical companies continue to profit.

The pharmaceutical companies that are marketing these drugs have failed to make known the fact that prescription opioids are not that different from heroin. In fact, when analyzed on a molecular level the difference between them is almost indistinguishable. Heroin and opioids are synthesized from the same plant, their molecular structures are similar, and they bind to the same receptors in the brain creating euphoric effects. It is evident why there is a connection between prescription opioid abuse and heroin addiction.

The pharmaceutical companies are not the only ones in the medical community to blame for the opioid crisis. Doctors have also been accused of overprescribing opioids or prescribing high doses that weren’t necessary for the treatment of their patients. Some commonly prescribed opioids are:

  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydromorphone

Doctors and medical practices have also been sued for pushing opioid medications onto their unsuspecting patients in exchange for monetary kickbacks from the drug manufacturers.

Pharmacies are another part of the medical community that have been put on trial for contributing to the opioid crisis. They have been included in lawsuits for ignoring suspicious prescribing patterns, and turning a blind eye towards doctors that are over-prescribing opioids. The reason for this is financial gain. The more customers that come into their pharmacy to fill prescriptions, the more money they make.

There are many companies that are facing lawsuits from families of individuals who have died of an overdose. The following are just a few:

  • CVS
  • Walgreens
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Walmart
  • Purdue Phama LP
  • Endo Pharmaceuticals

At Jason Stone Injury lawyers we believe that the medical community should be held accountable for the damage they have caused. We are dedicated to our clients and want to help them achieve justice.

What compensation are you eligible for?

You may be able to be reimbursed for any medical bills incurred due to overdoses, including hospitalizations, drugs such as Narcan and perhaps even the opioids themselves.

Some have missed work from time spent in drug rehabilitation centers, or time spent in prison. If you missed work or lost your job due to opioid abuse, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages. This could also include lost future wages if you have been permanently disabled from opioid addiction.

Many opioid addicts have spent thousands of dollars at drug rehabilitation centers trying to overcome their opioid addiction. Some of that money may be reimbursed to you if your lawsuit is a success.

This covers a broad spectrum of damages. You could receive damages for pain and suffering, physical impairment, emotional distress or mental anguish that you have experienced due to your addiction.

Under the Massachusetts statute of limitations, injury victims have three years to file a legal claim for damages. But the sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner your lawyer can investigate your case and preserve evidence to support your claim.

In some cases a judge will award punitive damages if they decide that compensatory damages aren’t a strong enough punishment for the defendant.

How can lawsuits aid in stopping the opioid crisis?

The attorneys at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers want to see an end to the opioid crisis that is plaguing the United States. We have seen how opioid addiction can destroy lives and tear families apart. The lawsuits filed against opioid manufacturers have already forced them to make some changes in the distribution of opioids. It is our hope that the continued lawsuits filed against the medical manufacturers and distributors of these drugs will force them to make further behavioral adjustments.

Our commitment to your well-being and satisfaction is summed up in our Stone Cold Guarantee®. Our attorneys are ready to do the heavy lifting so you can focus on getting better.

We will stand by you through the entire process, helping you understand what to expect and updating you on the status of your case. We can often prove you qualify to hold the at-fault driver liable and settle these cases without resorting to filing a personal injury lawsuit. However, we will not hesitate to take your case to court if necessary to get the full range of damages to which you are entitled.

Jason Stone is truly the best! They did such a wonderful job with my case and communicated really well with me. I was amazed by their work and amazed by how much they really care about their clients. Whenever I called them about a concern or for any other reason they made sure they answered every question! They also try their best to make things go quickly as possible! I would highly recommend people to chose Jason Stone Injury Lawyer. They are honest with you; they take their time to listen to you and make sure everything is resolved! They did a great job with my case that I have recommended them to others. Thanks so much Jason Stone, I really appreciate it all!

VICTORIA PIERRE-LOUIS | FORMER CLIENT