Opioids caused a national addiction crisis, and caused widespread harm to individuals, families and communities.
Approximately 2 million Americans are currently addicted to opioids. On average, more than 90 million Americans have used a prescription painkiller in the past year.
Prescription (and illicit) opioids have been linked to more than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. since 2000, millions of people have struggled with addiction, and an estimated 500,000 children were born in opioid withdrawal.
Chances are you and your family have been impacted by the opioid crisis in some way, and now you may be able to get some relief.
The Opioid Lawsuit Against Purdue Pharma
Were you, or someone you love, prescribed opioids prior to September 15, 2019?
If so, were you injured by the use of these opioids? You might be eligible for compensation.
There is a lot of information in the media about the opioid epidemic, lawsuits, settlements, and bankruptcies. It can be difficult to navigate your way through it all.
VanDerGinst Law wants to help.
Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy as a part of their settlement agreement with some states and local governments.
Now, for the first time, individuals can file personal injury claims through the bankruptcy if they believe they were harmed by Purdue opioids, or prescription opioids produced, marketed or sold by Purdue or its subsidiaries.
Likely, you don’t know who the manufacturer of your opioid prescription was. That’s okay, we can help you. We know what to look for in prescription records.
What Can You Seek Compensation For?
When filing a claim such as this, you are seeking compensation for damages.
These damages might include lost wages, pain, and suffering, wrongful death, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), overdose, addiction/dependence/substance use disorder, expenses for treatment, loss of consortium, or other issues related to the use of these prescription opioids.
Supporting documentation is also important, and will be necessary, but we don’t want you to feel overwhelmed by the idea you need to know how, or what documentation to gather.
Let us do the investigation for you. We will start with prescription documents. These can be printouts from your pharmacy, statements from your health insurance carrier, photos of prescription bottles, or possibly found in your medical records from the prescribing healthcare providers.
Next, we will want to have “event” documentation.
This means documentation supporting the damages you are claiming were caused by opioids.
Some examples include:
- an ambulance for an overdose
- acceptance letter into a drug rehab program
- insurance documentation confirming addiction treatment
- custody documents confirming loss of custody due to addiction
- a criminal plea related to opioids
- documentation related to lost time at work or the loss of a job related to opioid use, or
- documentation related to marital or relationship damage caused by opioids
The Purdue Pharma Lawsuit Deadline
All claims against Purdue must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on July 30, 2020. We need time to gather information and documentation, so please contact us as soon as possible if you feel you are eligible.
It’s not clear, at this time, how much compensation will be available, but the settlement agreement could be worth more than $10 Billion over time as part of Purdue’s bankruptcy filing. It doesn’t hurt to file a claim.
Contact VanDerGinst Law For Help
If you were impacted by the national opioid crisis, you deserve a chance to be compensated for the damage it caused.
We are here to help you, and there is never an attorney fee on injury cases unless you win.
Let us put our experience and expertise to work for you. Contact VanDerGinst Law today.
Remember, the law is tough, being injured is tougher. We’ll make it easier for you.
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